15 September 2011
A RARE BAIFURONG OR TIANBAI SOAPSTONE SEAL
The square block surmounted by a finely carved, seated mythical beast with firmly planted clawed feet, ribbed chest, large coiled horns and a bifurcated tail that curls up onto both rear haunches, the top edge of the uncarved block beveled, the stone of creamy, pale beige color with fine satiny polish
2½ in. (6.3 cm.) high, cloth box
Acquired in 1935.
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The label on top of the box reads:' Tianbai lion finial large seal, yihai year (1935), ninth month, Autumn, collection of Chunweng (Xu Hangqing).'
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