A very unusual, highly collectable, well carved, antique Chinese green or spinach, hard jade figurine of a prancing horse with a Pixiu 貔貅 or Bìxié 辟邪 stood on its back. Most unusually the back end of the Bìxié is carved in the shape of an elephants head with a loose ring carved around the trunk. It may possibly be meant to be a representation of the Ganesha or Vinayaka.
The horse is standing on an integral sled type base with two scrolled ends one under each front hoof.
This lovely hardstone carving dates from the late 19th century (circa 1880) in the Qing dynasty 清代.
The figurine is 5 1/4 inches high 3 1/2 inches long and 1
1/2 inches wide. It weighs 370g unpacked.
It is in fair antique condition, the Pixiu has been broken
off and re glued both curled horns have been broken and one is lost - see the
This is a very attractive item to add to any collection of
Chinese art, Jade, figurines or mythological figures.
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