Very finest Chinese jade table screens. Semi-precious hard stone inlaid Chinese table screen, of rectangular shaped green jade plaque, depicting mountainous landscapes, with contoured hardwood stand carved white jade rectangle panel. Daoist scholar on their path traversing within mountain landscape scene and some deer, bird on the branch, and various tree with Lingzhi fungus. That portray the balance of wealth and healthy ecosystems. The jade plaque is in excellent condition with beautiful translucent are well incorporated into the carving design. The carving is magnificent with an even tone pale-russet-celadon iridescent and moist milky appearance. Elegancy come with tall hardwood stand carved with Auspicious motif. Jade is such an important precious stone in China that we have a whole section dedicated to it. It is valued above gold and symbolizes immortality. The Queen Mother of West has a jade pond yao chi and holds a feast there for the immortals. The Jade Emperor is the supreme god in popular Daoist tradition.
Measurements: 7-1/4" H x 4-3/8" W
Stand: 4-7/8" H
Many mountains in China are sacred, some to Daoists, some to Buddhists and some to both. In folk religion each mountain has its own deity associated with it. The pictogram character for mountain å±± shan has three towering peaks. â€˜Mountains and seaâ€™ represent an all encompassing phrase for the whole world shan Hai. Mountains represent the yang element in the landscape and as such connect to the governing yang element in China - the Emperor. Landslides and earthquakes were considered a strong portent that the Emperor's reign was in trouble. Mountain is one of the eight trigrams in Feng Shui and Yi Jing. Chinese people climb mountain peaks as a form of pilgrimage, the routes to the top can be thronged with people. The climb physically and symbolically brings you closer to the heavens. Mountains are thought to bring about the union of yin and yang to produce the much needed rain. There is a famous tale of the â€˜Old Man and the Mountainâ€™ where an old man became so annoyed with a long detour to get to the other side of a mountain that he set about digging a way right through it. When a scholar pointed out the folly that such an old man should contemplate such endless toil; the old man replied that his sons and then their descendants would continue the task until it was completed. Mao Zedong used this tale as a parable for achieving the unthinkable by ceaseless toil but in the original story it was the Supreme God Shangdi who took pity on the Old Man and set his immortal minions to cut a way through the m