AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE COMPLETE SET OF PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE EIGHT BUDDHIST EMBLEMS, BAJIXIANG
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE COMPLETE SET OF PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE EIGHT BUDDHIST EMBLEMS, BAJIXIANG
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE COMPLETE SET OF PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE EIGHT BUDDHIST EMBLEMS, BAJIXIANG
1 More
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE COMPLETE SET OF PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE EIGHT BUDDHIST EMBLEMS, BAJIXIANG
4 More
Prospective purchasers are advised that several co… Read more
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE COMPLETE SET OF PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE EIGHT BUDDHIST EMBLEMS, BAJIXIANG

QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

Details
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE COMPLETE SET OF PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE EIGHT BUDDHIST EMBLEMS, BAJIXIANG
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Each ornament is carved to depict one of the Eight Buddhist Emblems, Bajixiang, raised on a lotus bud, above a stem carved with elaborate scrolling foliage, supported on a base carved with stylised lotus lappets. The stones are of a mottled pale greenish-white tone.
9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm.) high
Provenance
John Sparks Ltd, London (according to label)
Acquired in London in the 1960s & 70s
Special notice

Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory, tortoiseshell and crocodile. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
Sale room notice
Please note this lot incorporates material from endangered species which could result in export restrictions. You should check the relevant customs laws and regulations before bidding on this lot if you plan to import the lot into another country. Please refer to Christie’s Conditions of Sale.
請注意此拍品含有瀕危物種的材料,可能受出口限制。若您有意將本拍賣品進口至其他國家,您須於競投本拍賣品前瞭解有關海關法例和規定。請參閱佳士得業務規定。

Brought to you by

Marco Almeida (安偉達)
Marco Almeida (安偉達) SVP, Senior International Specialist, Head of Department

Check the condition report or get in touch for additional information about this

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

Buddhist altar ornaments were made in a variety of materials such as porcelain, precious woods and cloisonné enamel, and complete sets can be found in various Lamaist temples including those in the precincts of the Forbidden City, Beijing, and in the Summer Palace in Chengde. It is exceptionally rare to find a full set of the Eight Buddhist Emblems, Bajixiang, formed entirely of jade but several significant examples constructed from a combination of jade and other materials are known.

A complete set of both the Eight Buddhist Emblems and the Seven Royal Treasures, Qizhenbao, carved from spinach-green jade supported on elaborate inlaid zitan stands are in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, pp. 138-140, no. 114 and pp. 142-144, no. 116. A very rare set of seven imperial cloisonné enamel bronze and white jade altar emblems, dating to the Qianlong period, was sold at Christies Hong Kong, 3 December 2008, lot 2601. While this set included three of the Seven Treasures and four of the Eight Buddhist Emblems they are similar to the present set in their columnar form, elaborate decoration, and incorporation of white jade.

A number of sets of the Seven Treasures were included in A Special Exhibition of Buddhist Gilt Votive Objects, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1995. A set, also carved from spinach jade, is illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 24; compare also nos. 22 and 23 made from gilt-copper; no. 25 of gilt-copper and champlevé enamel; and nos. 26 and 27, inlaid with semi-precious stones.

An official Court portrait of the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722) in his later years, depicts the elderly monarch holding a string of beads, seated behind at a low table arranged with a complete set of the Eight Emblems. See Court Paintings of the Qing Dynasty of the Collection in the Palace Museum, Beijing, 1992, pl. 14. This gives an intriguing insight into how these emblems were used at the Imperial court.

More from Chinese Jade Carvings From a Distinguished European Collection

View All
View All