Jade pendant with two quails
32 x 23 x 6 mm, 9 grams
Quails (an-chun, 鵪鶉) are considered auspicious birds in China, because the first character in their name is a homophone of “peace (ping-an, 平安).” Two quails can be read as shuang-an (雙安), or “double peace,” and thus they often appear in pairs.
This piece of jade is perfectly white, and its sheen appears warm and moist. The back surface is covered with natural pours – a common characteristic of high quality nephrite found in rivers.
Suzhou-style Jade Carving
Suzhou is one of the places of origin of Chinese jade carving. By the Tang dynasty (618-907), workshops of jade carving were established. By the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Suzhou artisans became famous throughout the country. Suzhou-style jade carvings are mainly small pieces, most of which are vases, figures, flowers and animals. Traditional decorative workmanship was applied to the carvings, and the curios are exquisite and graceful.
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