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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nephrite jade, carved

  • Credit Line:

    Mrs G. B. Roberts bequest

  • Museum number:

    1514-1902

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This small carving of a mandarin duck would have been worn by a woman. Since male and female mandarin ducks are inseparable, the bird had become a symbol of marital happiness in China. The motif expressed a woman’s wish to retain her husband's affection forever and have him always by her side.

Physical description

Toggle in the form of a mandarin duck

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Nephrite jade, carved

Dimensions

Length: 3.5 cm

Descriptive line

Toggle, mandarin duck, nephrite jade, carved

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ming Wilson, Chinese Jades, No. 24

Materials

Nephrite

Techniques

Carved

Categories

Personal accessories

Collection

East Asia Collection

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