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JADE LION EFFIGY ON STAND

Lot 0023 Details

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Chinese celadon jade carved unto a model of Fu lions. Larger lion seated in relaxing position on its four legs, with the body slightly bend to left shoulder, the head facing straight forward. Its tail gently curved upward on the left hip, next to the smaller lion seated in relaxing position on beside rear left leg with the head look toward to right. Although the lion has never dwelt in China, it is a common art motif with lion statues guarding the entrances to temples. The character contains the homophone shi which means ‘master’ combined with the ‘animal’ radical. Although some lions were given to the emperor as tribute from vassal kingdoms most knowledge of the beast came indirectly so representations are often more like pet dogs than fierce cats. Indeed the Pekingese dog was selectively bred to look like a Chinese lion. The lion is usually depicted resting on the ground with forefeet pointing outward and is mostly associated with Buddhism. At entrances to temples the lion on the right is male and holds a ball in its paw while the left lion is female and holds a cub. A pair of lions symbolize happiness and wish for a prosperous career. The number of curls of hair on the lion's mane used to be a measure of seniority, a high official would have up to 13 coils of hair on lion statues outside his home. A lion was also the emblem of some grades of official. Two lions and a ruyi symbolizes a wish for everything to go as desired (shi shi ru yi). Lion dances often have the lions chasing a ball (qiu) and two lions chasing a ball is a common motif similar to two dragons chasing a ball. The lion dance was traditionally associated with the Lantern festival but is now seen on other Chinese festivals. If the dancing lion can be enticed into a home it will bring good luck. The Nephrite Jade has a lustrous tone, with pale-celadon iridescent and attractive sporadic golden russet inclusions, exquisite and detail, the jade stone have clean tone, with pale-celadon iridescent and moist milky appearance. Elegancy come with tall hardwood stand carved hardwood stand frame perfectly accentuates this work of art.

Measurements: 77.01mm H x 139.28mm W
Weight: 1,235.3g
Stand: 1-5/8" H
Condition
Over all in EXCELLENT Condition.
LAUREN Galleries provides condition reports as a courtesy to our clients and assumes no liability for any error or omission. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, and is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, mater.
The bidder assumes responsibility for ensuring that the condition of the item(s) meets with their satisfaction prior to bidding. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.
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JADE LION EFFIGY ON STAND

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Jun 15, 2019
Starting Price $400
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Est. $800 - $1,200Starting Price $400
DAY1 SUMMER 2019 MAJOR ESTATE CHINESE AUCTION
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Lot 0023 Details

Description
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Chinese celadon jade carved unto a model of Fu lions. Larger lion seated in relaxing position on its four legs, with the body slightly bend to left shoulder, the head facing straight forward. Its tail gently curved upward on the left hip, next to the smaller lion seated in relaxing position on beside rear left leg with the head look toward to right. Although the lion has never dwelt in China, it is a common art motif with lion statues guarding the entrances to temples. The character contains the homophone shi which means ‘master’ combined with the ‘animal’ radical. Although some lions were given to the emperor as tribute from vassal kingdoms most knowledge of the beast came indirectly so representations are often more like pet dogs than fierce cats. Indeed the Pekingese dog was selectively bred to look like a Chinese lion. The lion is usually depicted resting on the ground with forefeet pointing outward and is mostly associated with Buddhism. At entrances to temples the lion on the right is male and holds a ball in its paw while the left lion is female and holds a cub. A pair of lions symbolize happiness and wish for a prosperous career. The number of curls of hair on the lion's mane used to be a measure of seniority, a high official would have up to 13 coils of hair on lion statues outside his home. A lion was also the emblem of some grades of official. Two lions and a ruyi symbolizes a wish for everything to go as desired (shi shi ru yi). Lion dances often have the lions chasing a ball (qiu) and two lions chasing a ball is a common motif similar to two dragons chasing a ball. The lion dance was traditionally associated with the Lantern festival but is now seen on other Chinese festivals. If the dancing lion can be enticed into a home it will bring good luck. The Nephrite Jade has a lustrous tone, with pale-celadon iridescent and attractive sporadic golden russet inclusions, exquisite and detail, the jade stone have clean tone, with pale-celadon iridescent and moist milky appearance. Elegancy come with tall hardwood stand carved hardwood stand frame perfectly accentuates this work of art.

Measurements: 77.01mm H x 139.28mm W
Weight: 1,235.3g
Stand: 1-5/8" H
Condition
...
Over all in EXCELLENT Condition.<br/>LAUREN Galleries provides condition reports as a courtesy to our clients and assumes no liability for any error or omission. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, and is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, mater. <br/>The bidder assumes responsibility for ensuring that the condition of the item(s) meets with their satisfaction prior to bidding. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.
Dimensions
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