A jade falcon and beast (yingxiong) group

Jade falcon and beast group


Ming dynasty
Height: 2 1/4 in, 5.6 cm

worked in the round as a falcon perched on a recumbent mythical beast. The bird has a finely worked head with a large beak, a long tail and slightly spreading wings incised with feathers. The stone is a greyish celadon-green tone with extensive charcoal markings.

The subject of a falcon and beast forms the rebus yingxiong (champion).

Formerly in an Asian private collection.