The Property of a Gentleman
An Imperial spinach-green jade 'dragon' seal
Qianlong, Bazheng maonian seal mark
The attractive dark spinach-green stone boldly worked of perfect square form, the upper surface surmounted by a recumbent mythical beast sprawled on all four hooves, the creature with the head of a dragon and body of a deer, its ferocious expression and sharp teeth framed by a pair of thick eyebrows and ears on the sides, with silky mane running down the back of its head, the body slightly twisted showing prominent ribbed spine ending in an upturned tail, the base deeply worked with four-characters Bazhen Maonian in zhuanshu, with evidence of red seal paste and traces of old paper label under the body.
4.5 by 4.5cm (7cm high).