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2. A large whitish-green jade lion, late Qing dynasty

The animal recumbent with its head turned to the left and its tail curving upward and resting on its hind quarters, the stone of a pale green to white colour, the back with an area of russet staining 

 Length: 14cm

Provenance: Purchased in Ludlow, Shropshire UK, 2007.

This jade lion was most likely worked from a large river pebble and the S-curve of the body to the head appears to follow the shape of the original stone. The area of staining to the back would have been applied to possibly disguise a flaw, but also to simulate the original outer ‘skin’ of the stone. 

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