|Late Ming Reticulated Jade Plaque (LMJ021401)
Late Ming Dynasty
Khotan jade of grayish white or light celadon
Width: 7.2 cm / 2.83 in, length: 4.6 cm / 1.8 in, depth: 0.7 cm / 0.3 in
Weight: 35.2 g
From a Frida estate, brought to the United States in the 1910s by a couple that had been missionaries in China.
An expertly carved late Ming jade plaque, the stone of a grayish white or light celadon, which has been hollowed out to form a reticulated scene of deers amongst curling trees and flora. The rendering of the deers and tree leaves are very typical of the 16-17th century. The workmanship pairs intricacy with sweeping linear movement, so that the ensuing image seems to be imbued with vitality and wonder.
A very similar jade plaque is in the Shanghai Museum, dated Ming and described as a “belt plaque with deers”.