Thursday, May 23, 2013


Period: Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)
Date: 18th century.
Medium: Nephrite jade.
Colour: Yellowish green.
Dimensions: H. 17.5 cm.; W. 21.5 cm.; D. 7 cm.

The boulder is carved as a rocky mountain scene. Three sages admire a scroll while a waterfall runs down the mountain and under a bridge. Pavilions and pine and wutong trees complete the scene. On the reverse side trees and houses with tiled roofs nestle among the rocky cliffs, and stairs can be seen winding through them.


 An inscription is carved in low-relief on one side on the back, and a Yongchen mark is on the bottom of the boulder.