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Lot 56. A pale green jade carving of two mythical beasts, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911); 14cm (5 1/2in) wide; 9cm (3 1/2in) high. (2). Sold for HKD 229,500 (Estimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 300,000)© Bonhams 2001-2022

Well carved as a younger beast playfully resting on a larger recumbent beast, the larger one with its head slightly tilted to the right, detailed with a long snout, bulging eyes beneath furrowed brows a long single horn and a finely incised mane flanked by a pair of large furled ears, grasping a spray of auspicious leafy lingzhi fungus in its jaws, the long bushy tail swept against the right haunch, the softly polished stone of pale-green tone with occasional natural fissures, box.

ProvenanceAn important Asian private collection.

NoteSee a related 17th/18th century white jade carving of 'mythical beasts', previously in the Roger Keverne collection, sold at Christie's New York, 23 September 2022, lot 735.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, Hong Kong, 30 November 2022