Jade. China, Song dynasty (950-1279)
The smoothly polished celadon jade with some russet tones depicting a recumbent cat with its front legs stretched out and its head turned sharply to the right over its back, peering up into the sky with a satisfied expression. Its hind legs are tucked neatly underneath its body and the tail forms an elegant curl. The eyes, nose and whiskers are finely incised. The front legs are joined in the front, leaving an opening so that the jade could be worn as a pendant.
LENGTH 5.8 cm
Provenance: Private collection, acquired in the 1990s.
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