A recumbent water buffalo in light green, slightly mottled jade
18th/ 19th century, China
Length: 9 cm
The buffalo is in repose with his legs tucked under his body, head turned and looking up to the right, and both horns resting on his back. The beast is fully sculpted in the round the legs and hooves carefully and realistically carved on the underside, as is the subtle musculature of the body and turn of the spine. Hardwood stand.
The Yangmen Collection-Chinese Jades From Neolithic to Qing, page 92, figure 94.