30 March 2005
THREE SMALL WHITE JADE CARVINGS
Including a carving of three recumbent rams (sanyang) centered by a yinyang symbol supported by vapor issuing from the mouth of the largest ram; a boy wearing a jacket tied over pantaloons lying on his stomach as he holds a lotus stem and a ruyi sceptre; and a duck seated within a lotus leaf, the stem of the leaf and a lotus stem held in the duck's beak
2, 3 and 1 7/8 in. (5.1, 7.6 and 4.8 cm.) long (3)
Doris and Alexander Wallen Collection.
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The motif of three rams (sanyang) combined with the taiji (yinyang) diagram represents a wish for, 'a new start with auspicious possibilities and chances for prosperity'.
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