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A VERY RARE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE CARVING OF A CHIMERA
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A VERY RARE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE CARVING OF A CHIMERA

YUAN/MING DYNASTY, 13TH-15TH CENTURY

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A VERY RARE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE CARVING OF A CHIMERA
YUAN/MING DYNASTY, 13TH-15TH CENTURY
The powerful beast standing four-square on a base of ruyi form wispy clouds, its large muscular body with a bushy, upturned tail, the head raised displaying a curved snout grasping a lingzhi branch in its open mouth, with finely delineated hair and teeth, the stone of creamy white tone with areas of russet inclusions
1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm.) high
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Baron and Baroness von Oertzen Collection

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A number of related figures dated to the Yuan and Ming dynasties are published. Compare with two stylistically comparable examples dated to the Yuan dynasty in the Palace Museum Collection, Beijing, illustrated in Jadeware (I), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Shanghai, 2008, pp. 228-229, nos. 242 and 243. The first is a carving of a mythical lion playing with a brocade ball seated on a similarly structured base to the present example. The treatment of the mane on the lion compares very closely to the carving of the lingzhi on this chimera. The second is a carving of two lions, and again, the base upon which they are seated is very similar as is the carving of the facial features.

Another similar example of a mythical lion on lotus was included in the exhibition, Jades from China, The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, England, June 1994 and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 196.

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