Modeled in the form of a Hippopotamus, this 2000 year-old tomb pillow was crafted from the finest jade during the Han Dynasty. Far more expensive than it’s cheaper ceramic porcelain counterparts, jade tomb pillows were reserved for the extremely wealthy. Because of the stark occurrence of Hippopotamuses in Chinese art, the uniqueness of this extremely rare piece is unparalleled. It lies with closed eyes atop a contrasting deep brown base, with an exaggerated long tail curled alongside the body. There are symbols carved into its underside, which are inspired by nature and are an crucial aspect in Chinese art. Approximately 13" Wide.
From the Lee Van Ching Collection. Sold at American Art Galleries lot #424 in 1930. Approximately 13" Wide.