An intricately carved moss agate that has used the patterning to resemble a pond with goldfish and frog swimming in a green algae pond weed pool.
The carved moss agate has patterns of green in a clear matrix with has white inclusions. It has been creatively and skillfully carved to use the different patterns, colors and inclusions to form the designs. The lid has a green frog on one end, a snail opposite with a white fantail goldfish on the edge. A lotus leaf is opposite the goldfish. The lotus leaf is attached by a stem that rests underneath the box and comes out under the goldfish in a white lotus flower. The inclusions resemble water weeds in the pond – very ingenious. The box is well carved, even on the base. This shows time and effort was used to make this sculptural box.
The lid is slightly less heavy then the base. The base uses the leaf stem as a foot to rest on. The box has a flange lip on the top and base for a tight fit. The agate has not been polished perfectly smooth, but does feel very smooth to the touch.
We believe this box dates from the Republic Period (1912-1949) but it could be as late as the last quarter of the 20th C. The quality of carving and use of hand tools (and polishing) has us lean to the Republic era though.
3 1/8” (7.9 CM) long x 2” (5.1 CM) wide x 1” (2.5 cm) tall. Weighs 3.3 oz (95 g)
There are no breaks, cracks, or chips. There are natural inclusions in the stone. The surface is naturally uneven, which reflects the light unevenly in the photos – they are not significant scratches. There is some white residue from polishing paste in the recesses.
A gem of a little box. I love the pond design.
Chinese Finely Carved Moss Agate Box with Frog and Goldfish