A Rare Yellow Jade 'Three Rams' Group

Lot 23 −
17th-18th Century

Estimate
20,000 — 30,000 GBP
Description
A RARE YELLOW JADE 'THREE RAMS' GROUP

17TH-18TH CENTURY

The group is finely carved as a large ram and two young, representing the rebus 'sanyang kaitai', which may be translated as 'the new year brings prosperity'. Two of the animals are carved with their heads turned behind them, and the smallest ram is depicted with two of its front hooves resting on the largest ram's hind leg. The jade is of a pale yellow tone with a russet vein and further russet inclusions.

2 ½ in. (6.5 cm.) wide

Provenance
The Dizang Studio Collection, Taipei, acquired between 1970 and 1990.
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