16 September 2016
A RARE GREENISH-GREY JADE VESSEL, FANGDING
The rectangular body is raised on four dragon-form supports and carved on each side with a taotie mask below a pair of confronted long-tailed birds on the long sides and dragons on the ends, all divided by notched flanges carved with key-fret repeated on the the rim and bail handles, and with scrolled flanges at the corners.
8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) high, wood cover with carnelian agate finial, wood stand
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