A YELLOW AND PALE RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST
A YELLOW AND PALE RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST
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A YELLOW AND PALE RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST

MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)

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A YELLOW AND PALE RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST
MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)
The turned head of the seated beast is well carved with a short beak, a hair-incised beard, rounded eyes and floppy ears, and the tail is curled up onto the rear haunches. There are areas of pale russet color and some opaque buff alteration in the yellow stone.
3 ½ in. (9 cm.) long, hongmu stand
Provenance
Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978) Collection, before 1958.
Literature
A. Salmony, Chinese Jade Through the Wei Dynasty, New York, 1963, pl. XXXIV-3.
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 and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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Lot Essay


A similar combination of a crouching four-legged beast with head of a bird can be seen in a carnelian agate carving sold in The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, Part III, Chinese Works of Art: Qing Ceramics, Glass and Jade Carvings, Christie’s New York, 19 May 2015, lot 623. (Fig. 1)

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