An openwork jade plaque

Jade plaque


Yuan or Ming dynasty
Length: 3 1/4 in, 8.3 cm

of rounded rectangular form and worked with two cranes standing in a lotus pond, the water represented by finely incised lines, and with lotus flowers, leaves and pods all supported on long stems. The stone is a celadon-green tone with extensive areas of russet.

Provenance: An English private collection.

For related examples, see Palace Museum, Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade (Beijing, 2011), Vol. 6, no. 174, p. 194; and Zhang Guangwen, Jadeware (I): The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum (Shanghai, 2008), no. 231, p. 218, dated Song or Yuan.