Property from the Tacoma Art Museum
A group of four jade bi with raised relief decoration
The first carved in high relief with chilong grasping in its jaws a lingzhi fungus branch to a mottled black and brown layer reversed by an off-white layer carved in shallow relief with four groups of C-scrolls; the second similarly carved with a dragon and lingzhi fungus reversed by a field of raised circular bosses, the dark gray-green matrix marked with extensive brown and black veins (chipped); the third carved in high relief with a lion and cub playing with a ribbon-tied ball in a mottled pale russet stratum of the otherwise pale greenish-white matrix finished on the reverse with an incised ribbon interlace pattern (tiny chip); the fourth of medium gray-green hue to one side displaying two summarily carved chilong, the naturally uneven surface of the reverse displaying richly colored russet staining.
2 1/4 to 2 3/8in (5.5 to 6cm) diameter
Chinese Works of Art
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