Property from Various Owners
A jade carving of a fabulous beast
Ming dynasty or earlier
Rendered in stone of gray-green hue with prominent veins of dark russet and mottled white inclusions; the beast portrayed recumbent crouched upon limbs with stylized fetlocks above paws with four separately carved toes, the intense expression enhanced by the gaping maw, pert ears, and individually incised facial details most noticeably the wrinkles surrounding the bulbous eyes; the graceful and stylized wings carved in raised relief in three layers of plumage surrounding a subtly rendered backbone continuing into the tail curled around the beast's undercarriage.
7in (17.8cm) long