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Mandarin ducks
Place of Origin: China
Date: 1800s
Historical Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Materials: Nephrite
Dimensions: H. 2 3/4 inx W. 6 1/4 in x D. 2 in, H. 7.0 cm x W. 15.9 cm x D. 5.1 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Jade And Stones
Object Number: B60J442.a-.b
On Display: No

Description

Label: Mandarin ducks symbolize fidelity and marital bliss. They are invariably shown with the lotus (he and lian). In this context, the lotus can stand for harmony (he) in marriage as well as the continuous birth of sons (lian). Consequently, jade carvings such as this one are appropriate for wedding gifts.

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Exhibition History: "Chinese Jade: Stone of Immortality", Cernuschi Museum, France, 9/26/1997 - 1/4/1998
Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century (Tateuchi Gallery, 11/10/2007 - 8/2008)
"The Resplendent Stone: Chinese Jades from the 18th-20th Centuries," SFO International Terminal, December 12, 2009 - June 6, 2010
Label: Mandarin ducks symbolize fidelity and marital bliss. They are invariably shown with the lotus (he and lian). In this context, the lotus can stand for harmony (he) in marriage as well as the continuous birth of sons (lian). Consequently, jade carvings such as this one are appropriate for wedding gifts.
Exhibition History: "Chinese Jade: Stone of Immortality", Cernuschi Museum, France, 9/26/1997 - 1/4/1998
Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century (Tateuchi Gallery, 11/10/2007 - 8/2008)
"The Resplendent Stone: Chinese Jades from the 18th-20th Centuries," SFO International Terminal, December 12, 2009 - June 6, 2010