A jade finial
Yuan or Ming dynasty
Length: 1 1/2 in, 3.9 cm
In the form of a duck resting on an upturned lotus leaf. The duck has a crest and a ruff, and leaves are worked in high relief above its wings. The semi-translucent stone is a cloudy white tone. The finial is drilled vertically behind the bird’s crest.
Formerly in a European private collection.
For similar examples, see Fok, The Splendour of Jade: The Songzhutang Collection of Jade, no. 80, p. 89, dated Yuan; Forsyth and McElney, Jades from China, no. 305, p. 373, dated Ming; Gu, The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China, Vol. 9, p. 173, dated Ming, excavated from the tomb of Zhu Yiyin, Prince Yixuan, Nancheng, Jiangxi province, and now in the collection of the Jiangxi Provincial Museum; Jiang and Liu, Jades from the Hei-Chi Collection, p. 167, dated Yuan; Palace Museum, Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade, Vol. 5, nos. 125–7, pp. 118–19, all dated Song; and Shih and Ge, Age of the Great Khan: Pluralism in Chinese Art and Culture under the Mongols, no. IV-15, p. 127, dated Yuan to Ming, in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei.