According to Terese Tse Bartholomew, Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 2006, p. 116, no. 5.17, the large lion (dashi) and a small lion (xiaoshi) form the rebus, 'May you and your descendant achieve high rank'. The author shows a jade carving of a large and small lion to illustrate this rebus. Another white jade carving of an adult lion and a cub is illustrated in Zhongguo yuqi quanji, vol. 6, 1991, p. 210, no. 306. See, also, the jade carving of a buddhistic lion and its cub sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 1 November 2004, lot 1035.