A Chinese pale celadon and russet jade carving of a standing figure of Yan Ci wearing a deer- skin and holding a milk pail and a branch of lingzhi fungus.
6.5 cm high.
- Property of a private English collection.
- Formerly in a private French collection.
- Yan Ci donned a deer-skin in order to mingle with a herd of deer, which would enable him to obtain doe’s milk as a cure for his parents’ eye disease. The story exemplifies filial piety. The spine with white speckles, high relief horns and stars on the pelt are particularly distinctive and skilfully rendered.
- A similar piece is illustrated by S. Marchant & Son in their exhibition of Post-Archaic Chinese Jades, 75th Anniversary Exhibition, November 2000, no. 23; another was included by S. Marchant & Son in their exhibition of Post-Archaic Chinese Jades, 70th Anniversary Exhibition, June 1995, no. 16; another from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Gure, is illustrated by D. S. Howard Hansford in the 1957 Oriental Ceramics Society Exhibition Catalogue of the Arts of the Ming Dynasty, no. 356.