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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1900: Item # 77663

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This mid 19th century Chinese jade (nephrite) carving is 3 ½ inches long, 2 inches tall and 2 inches wide. It depicts two monkeys resting on a reclining horse. In Chinese culture, this is a very popular subject in that it is a visual representation of a pun. The pronunciation of monkey ¡°HOU¡± is the same with ¡°nobility¡± or ¡°officer¡±. ¡°On top of a horse¡± is pronounced ¡°MA SHANG¡± which is the same as ¡°right away¡± or ¡°immediately¡±. In old days, pictures or statues using this subject were common gift from older people to young male. Beside some natural flaws and dark spots which are common on larger pieces of nephrite, this statue is in great condition.