A YELLOW AND RUSSET JADE 'LINGZHI' WASHER, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
A YELLOW AND RUSSET JADE 'LINGZHI' WASHER
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
finely carved and well hollowed in the form of a lingzhi head borne on a network of gnarled stems in openwork forming the base, the curving stems extending to the sides issuing clusters of attendant lingzhi heads, the stone a milky-caramel with russet coloration, wood stand (2)
Width 3½ in., 9 cm
One of the attendant lingzhi heads with two small chips to the edge; otherwise, the washer is in overall good condition with some expected minute nicks to the extremities.
Please note that this lot includes a stand, frame or other component made from a type of Chinese hardwood, which, if exported, will require a CITES permit to leave the United States.
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Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).
The lingzhi fungus, Ganoderma lucidum, was considered the most important of all medicines and a talisman for luck. It is also associated with the virtues of a ruler. Classical texts such as Shangshu Dazhuan, Baihu Tong, and Ruiying Tu all consider the growth of lingzhi an indicator of good government. The lingzhi motif, commonly found on imperial wares, represents a visual rebus for the wish for longevity, and a virtuous and benevolent rule.
Compare a larger white jade lingzhi washer attributed to the Yongzheng to Qianlong period, from the collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 3rd October 2018, lot 109; and another celadon jade washer formerly in the Sui Yuan Zhai Collection, sold at Christie's London, 11th May 2015, lot 23.