A Chinese jade openwork and reticulated plaque carved in high relief in two registers with seven boys playing and holding ornaments, the top register with a central boy skipping beneath a raised skipping rope held by two boys at his sides, with a bird in flight, pine tree, other plants and rockwork all beneath cloud sprays and within a singular frame, the back with pierced trellis pattern, the stone white with grey markings.

3 inches, 7.6 cm long; 2 3/8 inches, 6.1 cm high.

Ming dynasty, 16th century.


Two edge knocks, probably natural.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in an English private collection.
  • The pair to this plaque is illustrated by Zhang Wei in Zhongguo Gudai Yuqi, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Shanghai Museum, no. 209, p. 246.