Late Ming Dynasty
Khotan jade of grayish white or light celadon
Width: 7.2 cm / 2.83 in, length: 4.6 cm / 1.8 in, depth: 0.7 cm / 0.3 in
Weight: 35.2 g
From a Frida estate, brought to the United States in the 1910s by a couple that had been missionaries in China.
An expertly carved late Ming jade plaque, the stone of a grayish white or light celadon, which has been hollowed out to form a reticulated scene of deers amongst curling trees and flora. The rendering of the deers and tree leaves are very typically of the 16-17th century. The workmanship pairs intricacy with sweeping linear movement, so that the ensuing image seems to be imbued with vitality and wonder.
A very similar jade plaque is in the famed Shanghai Museum. It is dated Ming and described as a "belt plaque with deers" (see last picture).
Condition: Generally excellent antique condition. The visible front part of the jade is free from flaw except for a small chip to one edge. The back of the plaque shows rough evenness (possible from original manufacture) and two chips. The side of the plaque reveal some natural fine fractures to the jade stone. [Please examine all photos carefully, as they are part of the condition report.]