The twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac are popular decorative motifs that appear in various media. This set, made of flawless pale green jade, would have been particularly prized. Qing-dynasty master carvers individualized each member of this lively group with distinctive accessories and varied postures. This set is from the renowned collection of Heber R. Bishop.
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