Jade, H: 1 5/8 in. W: 3 in.
This small scale piece of sculpture is marked by its milky white discoloration which is typical of the jades from the moist climate in the southeastern coastal region of China. The structure of this work is that of a squared cylinder with four identical low-relief panels carved into each of its corners. These corners create a slightly irregular square if viewed from above. The images carved into the individual panels are filled with a human like face characterized by two drilled holes representing eyes, a low relief rounded rectangular shape representing a mouth, three bands above the eyes representing a headdress. The jade is bone white in its altered form and is typical of objects excavated from this region. The condition of this work is good and has some chips, scratches, and surface loss due to the conditions of its interment. This object DOES NOT have a display base.