A jade group of badgers
Diameter: 2 in, 5.1 cm
the two animals are head to toe to form an approximate circle. They have broad heads, leaf-shaped ears and curling tails, and hold a spray of leafy lingzhi fungus in their mouths; their legs are worked on the underside. The semi-translucent stone is a creamy pale grey colour with some darker grey inclusions.
Formerly in a European private collection.
For similar examples, see Chung, Michaelson and So, Chinese Jade Animals, no. 159, pp. 170–1; and Palace Museum, Scholar’s Paraphernalia: Classics of the Forbidden City, no. 177, p. 182.