Water Buffalo


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 218

Ingeniously shaped out of a massive dark green nephrite boulder from the riverbed of Yarkand, in northwestern China, this sculpture weighs more than forty pounds. The cunning naturalistic details, including a whorl of hair on the animal’s forehead, demonstrate the observant eye of a master carver in the eighteenth century.

Water Buffalo, Jade (nephrite), China

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