A jade carving of two geese
Song-Ming dynasty (c.1100-1600)
The two geese are depicted looking at each other with the heads turned back. The birds are sharing a branch held in their beaks. The stone has a greyish-celadon tone with large areas of dark inclusions and veining.
6 cm wide
Formerly in a Swiss private collection
A jade carving of two geese holding a lotus branch is illustrated in M. Knight, He Li and T.T. Bartholomew in Later Chinese Jades , Ming Dynasty to 20th century, from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, 2007, pl. 288, where it is mentioned that Chinese poets loved to compare lovers to ‘two trees sharing the same branch, two birds sharing the same wing’. Hence, a pair of geese symbolizes fidelity and happy life.