15 - 16 March 2015
A WHITE JADE RECTANGULAR PLAQUE
The plaque is carved on one side in low relief with a panel depicting two magpies, one perched on a rock, and the other on a prunus branch. The reverse is carved with four characters in seal-script reading Xishang meishao (May your joy reach up to the top of your eyebrows). The stone is of even, pale tone with a small russet inclusion at one corner.
2 ¼ in. (5.6 cm.) long
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Magpies (xique) depicted alighting on prunus branches (mei) form the rebus xishang meishao, as magpies are symbols of joy, and the plum is a pun for 'eyebrows' (mei).
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