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Jade Fish with Pedestal

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Dimensions: Length: 10.7 cm; height: 4.0 cm

This elongated piece of jade, sculpted into a fish upon waves, emits a glass-like sheen. The upturned mouth of the fish gives the work a joyful air while the upward swinging tail and splashing water add dynamism as it sits on the static rosewood base with floral design.

Small decorative items often featured wooden bases. This fish-shaped piece is simple yet vivid and symbolizes blessings and happiness. Suitable for placement in a quiet corner, the sculpture is auspiciously elegant and carries a touch of Buddhist (chan) aesthetics.

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