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Buddha's-hand citron
Place of Origin: China
Date: 1800s
Historical Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Materials: Nephrite
Dimensions: H. 7 in x W. 4 3/8 in x D. 1 1/2 in, H. 17.8 cm x W. 11.1 cm x D. 3.8 cm
Credit Line: Gift of An Anonymous donor
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Jade And Stones
Object Number: B69J1
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 17

Description

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Two citrons, shown in an upright position, are attached to their woody branch, which curves to form an elaborate base for the piece. Branches of leaves extend from the base, attaching themselves to the two sides of the larger fruit. The larger citron has been well hollowed so that it can serve as a container. The solid smaller fruit balances the composition. The rugged-looking fingers twist and turn. They give a feeling of maturity and have a fine sense of movement. The piece is worked from a piece of hetian grayish jade. Parts of the rough skin have been retained, to give the piece a naturalistic appearance.

As a symbol of blessings and longevity, the sculpture in the form of the Buddha's- hand citron is a perfect gift for all occasions. Such a gift would have graced an antique case in a hall or a scholar's desk inside the studio.


Label:

Two citrons, shown in an upright position, are attached to their woody branch, which curves to form an elaborate base for the piece. Branches of leaves extend from the base, attaching themselves to the two sides of the larger fruit. The larger citron has been well hollowed so that it can serve as a container. The solid smaller fruit balances the composition. The rugged-looking fingers twist and turn. They give a feeling of maturity and have a fine sense of movement. The piece is worked from a piece of hetian grayish jade. Parts of the rough skin have been retained, to give the piece a naturalistic appearance.

As a symbol of blessings and longevity, the sculpture in the form of the Buddha's- hand citron is a perfect gift for all occasions. Such a gift would have graced an antique case in a hall or a scholar's desk inside the studio.