An extremely rare and large pale green jade carving of a Buddhistic lion 18th century
Lot 125
An extremely rare and large pale green jade carving of a Buddhistic lion 18th century
Sold for £193,250 (US$ 315,784) inc. premium

Lot Details
An extremely rare and large pale green jade carving of a Buddhistic lion 18th century An extremely rare and large pale green jade carving of a Buddhistic lion 18th century An extremely rare and large pale green jade carving of a Buddhistic lion 18th century
An extremely rare and large pale green jade carving of a Buddhistic lion
18th century
The recumbent beast superbly carved with its head raised and turned to the left, holding a ribbon in its jaws revealing its tongue flanked by the sharp teeth, below the bulging eyes and wavy eyebrows, the mane flowing in incised waves along the neck and on either side of the knobbly spine, terminating in its divided tail, seated on its four legs with clenched paws with sharp claws, wood stand.
18.5cm (7¼in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • 十八世紀 青玉雕臥獅

    Provenance: Bernard Sunley Collection of Important Jade Carvings, London, no.8/15
    By descent to the present owner

    來源:Bernard Sunley重要玉器收藏系列,倫敦,編號8/15
    由現藏家繼承下來

    Animal jade carvings of this impressive large size are extremely rare and form distinct groups of horses, water buffaloes, elephants, mythical beasts and Buddhistic lions, with the latter group arguably being the rarest. Compare a related large spinach-green jade Buddhistic lion (19.8cm wide), Qianlong, formerly in the collections of R.C.Bruce, the 3rd Baron Alington of Crichel, and the Hon. Mrs Mary Anna Marten OBE, illustrated by S.C.Nott in Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, Rutland, Vermont, 1973, pl.LXIII, and sold in Salisbury, 17 November 2010, lot 342.
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