17 - 18 September 2015
A RARE CARVED AND INSCRIBED GREYISH-GREEN JADE HANDLE
QIANLONG-JIAQING PERIOD (1736-1820)
The handle is inscribed with a lengthy inscription and a signature of Prince Yongxuan (1711-1799), followed by two seals, chen and Xuan, all between ruyi borders. The open end is encircled by a band of a striding chilong and two narrow rope-twist borders, and the domed terminal is carved with a flower head above a band of archaistic scrolls and pierced for a silk cord.
5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) long
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Yongxuan was the eighth son of the Qianlong Emperor, and, held a number of high-ranking official appointments during the Jiaqing period. The long inscription details his experience in hunting down a tiger at a military camp.
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