A MAGNIFICENT AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE LARGE WHITE JADE CARVING OF SHOULAO AND DEER
A MAGNIFICENT AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE LARGE WHITE JADE CARVING OF SHOULAO AND DEER
A MAGNIFICENT AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE LARGE WHITE JADE CARVING OF SHOULAO AND DEER
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A MAGNIFICENT AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE LARGE WHITE JADE CARVING OF SHOULAO AND DEER
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A MAGNIFICENT AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE LARGE WHITE JADE CARVING OF SHOULAO AND DEER

QIANLONG-JIAQING PERIOD (1736-1820)

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A MAGNIFICENT AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE LARGE WHITE JADE CARVING OF SHOULAO AND DEER
QIANLONG-JIAQING PERIOD (1736-1820)
The boulder is superbly carved depicting Shoulao, the Star God of Longevity, holding a peach in one hand, the other hand holding a staff in the form of a gnarled branch tied with a scroll and flanked by a small bat in flight, accompanied by his deer. The white stone is of an even tone with an attractive, soft polish.
10 11/16 in. (27.2 cm.) high
Provenance
George Walter Vincent Smith (1832-1923), Springfield, Massachusetts, acquired prior to 1910

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Lot Essay

This figure is exceptionally well-carved with details meticulously rendered, particularly evident on the thread-like, silky beard and graceful folds of the robe. Very few carved figures from the Qing dynasty are of such substantial size, and the jade boulder is extraordinarily even in tone, well-polished with a soft sheen. While Shoulao represents the Star God of Longevity in the Daoist Pantheon, the deer accompanying him in this carving is a homophone for lu, ‘wealth’; and the bat hovering above is a homophone for fu, ‘happiness’. Together, the imagery represents Longevity, Wealth and Happiness.

A slightly smaller white jade carving of a Luohan (23.7 cm.), similarly carved with a voluminous robe with multiple folds, is in the Qing Court Collection and now in the Palace Museum (fig. 1), illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, no. 108. Compare also a smaller white jade carving (15.5 cm.) depicting the Star God of Longevity and Star God of Happiness together, also from the same collection, illustrated ibid., no. 106.

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