20 September 2002
A WELL-CARVED WHITE JADE DEER GROUP
The two deer shown side by side, one in a recumbent position grasping the end of a branch of lingzhi fungus in its mouth while a smaller sprig is carved between its front hoofs, the other shown seated on its rear haunches with the end of a fruiting peach branch held in its mouth, with a bat with spread wings carved atop the larger of the two peaches, the softly polished stone of very pale greenish-white color
7in. (17.8cm.) long, gilt-wood stand
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 24 October 1980, lot 75.
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The deer, lingzhi fungus and peach are all symbols of longevity, and the bat (pianfu) is a symbol of happiness as well as longevity.
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