19 September 2007
A WHITE JADE THUMB RING
QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
Well carved in low relief with a horse supporting a stack of ribbon-tied books on its back as it leaps atop wind-tossed waves on one side, and with four characters, long fu ma tu, carved on the reverse, the softly polished stone of even white color
1 1/16 in. (2.6 cm.) diam.
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The inscription, long fu ma tu, may be translated as 'bearing an image of a dragon horse'.
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