A fine yellow and brown jade recumbent horse Song/Ming Dynasty
Lot 29
A fine yellow and brown jade recumbent horse Song/Ming Dynasty
Sold for £42,000 (US$ 67,320) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine yellow and brown jade recumbent horse
Song/Ming Dynasty
The horse with the rear legs tucked under plump hindquarters and the front legs joined beneath the muzzle, the head crisply carved with short ears and the mane falling symmetrically either side of the neck, the stone of fine even yellow colour with a partial brown skin remaining on the back.
5cm (2in) long

Footnotes

  • The positioning of this jade figure is typical of Song Dynasty jade depictions of recumbent horses, with its head resting on its two outstretched forelegs. The positioning is also similar to a jade toggle in the form of a horse, excavated at the Jin period site of Heilongjiang, an image of which is reproduced by J.Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, p.372, fig.1. Two further jade horses shown in exactly the same stretched pose are known. See one, from the Gerald Godfrey Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 October 1995, lot 845; the other, from the Desmond Gure Collection, is illustrated in Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong, 1996, Catalogue no.126.
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