27 May 2009
A VERY FINE WHITE JADE 'WEST CHAMBER' PENDANT
QING DYNASTY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
Of rectangular form, carved in shallow relief with a pair of dragons to the top, on one side depicting two figures beside a pavilion with a chess board and a man atop a wall, all within a terraced garden setting with rockwork and pine trees, the reverse with inscription, the stone of an even white tone
2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm.) high
Stephen Junkunc, III.
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The inscription comes from a novel by Wang shifu 'Dream of the Western Chambers', Book three, chapter three.
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