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Jade Reclining Lady Carving Qing Dynasty China 19th Century
An auspicious and detailed Qing Dynasty (Ching), 19th Century, white jade carving of a reclining robed women.
The reclining women is clad in a delicate robe and slippers and is grasping a staff made of a large bottle gourd. She has a jovial expression on her face. This is most likely due to having come into contact with the elusive three legged toad resting on her head. The toad is being trailed by a string of coins representative of good fortune.
The bottle gourd or calabash (Wu Lou) is a Chinese symbol for longevity and good luck.It is thought that the gourd holds magic nectar which is consumed by many Buddhist deities. The three legged toad (Jin Chan) or Money Toad/Frog, as it is commonly refereed to, is a popular Feng Shui charm for prosperity. This mythical creature is said to appear during the full moon, near houses or businesses that will soon receive good news (most of the time, the nature of this good news is understood to be wealth-related).
This beautifully detailed carving is in superb condition with no chips or cracks. The jade is very clean and not flecked by any brown inclusions as is common. she measures 1 3/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches high and weighs 36 grams. It is carved to allow a cord to be strung through the front, next to the gourd, though it is clear the primary purpose was to be as a decorative carving.
Expertly carved and auspicious, it will no doubt bring, much, good fortune to its owner.
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