R8922

Double buckle with the hook and clasp each carved as a goose, with archaic-style wings, single plume, and upright tail, each section with a button on the underside, the stone white.
4 1⁄4 inches, 10.8 cm long.
Qianlong, 1736-1795.

• From the collection of Philip Wood, San Francisco (1938-2010).

• Published by Fang Jing Pei in Symbols and Rebuses in Chinese Art, p. 65, where the author describes them as ducks, ya, which, like geese, are always seen in pairs and are a symbol of trust, affection and marital bliss. They are often pictured on blue and white porcelain of the Ming Dynasty and on textiles.

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