White Jade Carving Of A Mythical Beast

Qing Dynasty 18th/19th century
Jade
China
L: 6cm.

The recumbent beast is carved in the round as a mythical beast resting on its paws, its head turned completely to face its back. The beast has bulging eyes, a horn and a ribbed chest. Its tail is parted on either side of its knobby backbone and there are flames on the haunches, the jade is of an even white tone.

• A similar jade carving with the same colour and subject is in The Zhi Rou Zhai collection and is illustrated by S.Fung & Y.Chun-tong in Exquisite Jade Carving, Hong Kong, 1996, p.138, no.144