Water Buffalo and Herd boy

Historical period(s)
Ming or Qing dynasty, 1600-1800
Medium
Jade
Dimensions
H x W x D: 4.6 x 10.9 x 7.7 cm (1 13/16 x 4 5/16 x 3 1/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.821
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jade, Sculpture
Type

Figure

Keywords
China, herding, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), water buffalo, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

A large piece of jade with a pure color like this was an expensive luxury item in the Ming dynasty. The craftsman took great pains to give the water buffalo and herdsboy definition while not grinding away any extra valuable stone unnecessarily. The boy's struggle to stay mounted by grabbing onto the buffalo's horn adds humor to this probable desk ornament or paperweight. Fine details, such as the rein attached to a ring in the buffalo's nose and the wispy tail hairs, provide evidence of the jade worker's consummate skill.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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