A jade carving of a Qilin group

18th century

The mother and cub are rendered in recumbent position with the heads turned towards each other. Both animals have a well-defined spine, finely incised bushy tails, bulbous eyes and finely detailed ears. The legs with carefully worked out paws are tucked underneath. The stone is of pale celadon colour with russet inclusions. Wood stand.

10 cm long


A British private collection

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