More than a Game / A PALE GREEN JADE CARVED 'BOY AND FLOWER VASE' GROUP 17th century
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A PALE GREEN JADE CARVED 'BOY AND FLOWER VASE' GROUP
Deftly carved as a standing boy clad in loose flowing robes, the hair tied into a bun atop his large head, holding a large meiping vase incised with cracked-ice-pattern containing branches of blossoming prunus, the stone of pale green tone. 6.5cm (2 1/2in) high.
A popular auspicious motif since the Song dynasty, 'Boys at play' or 'hundred boys' commonly depicts one or several groups of boys playing various games including playing with animals and imitating adult literati's activities, such as flower arrangement. This lot and lot xxx xxx xxx, may belong to the same theme of 'boys at play'.
Compare with a related but later pale green and russet jade carving of a boy holding a vase, Qing dynasty, illustrated in The Woolf Collection of Chinese Jade, London, 2013, p.192. Another related jade carving of a boy holding a lotus, early Qing dynasty, is illustrated by T.Fok, The Splendour of Jade: The Songzhutang Collection of Jade, Hong Kong, 2011, p.104, no.90.