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The Jade Dragon

Exquisite and very rare Chinese bamboo carving in the form of a baicai with two praying mantises in relief on the underside of one leaf
Qing Dynasty
13.5 cm tall

see Chinese Bamboo Carving, Part II, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1982, for other naturalistic vegetable carvings in the round from the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

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