Fantastic animal, Jade (nephrite), China

Fantastic animal

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions:
H. 2 in. (5.1 cm); W. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Classification:
Jade
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Clark Thompson, 1923
Accession Number:
24.80.138
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219
The form of this tapir-like animal and the abstract curvilinear patterns on its body can both be traced to vessels produced during China’s Bronze Age.
Mary Clark Thompson , New York (until d. 1923; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Excellence and Elegance: Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth-Century Qing Court," August 25, 2007–November 25, 2007.