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Rare Archaic Style Jade Double Owl Xiao You
Sold to China - August 2012 售至中国 - 2012 年8月

A rare and unusual archaic style Jade carving in the form of a "double bird" You. There is a late Shang dynasty bronze You of similar form, described as a Xiao You (Owl You) in the collection of Shanxi Museum, Shanxi Province. This item was exhibited in the Royal Academy, 1973, and can be seen on page 72 of "The Genius of China" (ISBN 0 7230 0107 3). We have, as yet, been unable to date our jade and can only suggest that it was probably made circa 1500 - 1900 during either the late Ming or Qing dynasty . Condition - very good - there is a natural flaw / "crack" which we believe was present before the stone was carved and which runs down both sides and is continuous on the inside - no damages and no restoration. 10cm (3.9 inches) high; 6cm (2.3 inches) across.


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