Chinese Antique Nephrite Jade Carving
Tomb Jade Toggle 葬玉
Circa: Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644 AD
H 1.5 in. (4cm), W 2 in. (5cm), D 1 in. (2.5cm)
The elephant motif symbolizes universal peace, considered the most sacred animal associated with wisdom and strength in Chinese Buddhism. For centuries, elephants are often portrayed as the dharma protector and mount for Lohans and Buddhas. For thousands of years, it remained a favorite subject of painting and sculpture in Chinese art.
This powerfully carved bulbous toggle in round contour, with perfect curvature representing a stylized sacred elephant, radiates an aura of splendor, with its even translucent tone and an aged amber hue over a pale-celadon iridescent. A few nearly invisible sprinkles of cloud-white spots hidden in its polished smooth surface, where a remnant of iron-red minerals developed in hardened crumbs through prolonged time below ground. In view of the characteristics, sculptural style, and calcified area, we can safely attribute this sacred elephant to be a rare Chinese "Tomb Jade 葬玉" of the Ming period (1368-1644). In addition to its well preserved fine incised lines, the material itself remains flawless. There is no crack, no losses, no damages or restorations. A masterpiece for the serious collector!
Estimated Value $2000
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