13 May 2014
A GROUP OF FOUR WHITE AND RUSSET JADE ARCHER'S RINGS
The first is carved with a scene of an official fighting a tiger, beside a prunus tree and a bat in flight above. The second ring is carved with a cockerel amongst rockwork with a four character inscription to the reverse. The third is carved with a monkey sitting beside a peach tree. The final ring is carved with a deer surrounded by rocky scenery beside a tree. All four stones are of a pale milky tone with some small areas of russet, one with a few minor grey speckles.
The largest, 1 ? in. (3.5 cm.) diam.
Acquired in Asia by a Diplomatic family between 1947 and 1960 and thence by descent to the current owner.
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