A PALE CELADON JADE 'BUFFALO AND QILIN' GROUP, QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
The pale celadon nephrite with areas of russet inclusions. Excellent surface finish.
China, Qianlong Period (1736-1795)
Masterfully carved in the round as a recumbent water buffalo, its head turned to the right to face a small cub-like qilin. The buffalo exhales a cloud of smoke supporting its front hoofs as well as the qilin. The details of both animals finely rendered, the buffalo is highly realistic with ridged horns, incised facial features and bold ridges indicating the animal's ribs.
It has been suggested that jade figures such as these were based on the ceramic and bronze water droppers in the shape of a buffalo with a boy seated on its back that were popular during the Yuan period. For this opinion, see literature comparison below.
Dimensions: Length 11,2 cm
Weight: 495 grams
Condition: Perfect condition
Provenance: Hungarian private collection
Literature comparison: Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, page 371
Auction results comparison: Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman. Christies, Hong Kong, 28 November 2006, lot 1428. (for a very similar piece)