CARVED JADE PEACH AND BAT GROUP
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
7.8 cm wide
The jade is naturalistically carved from a pebble in the form of one large and one smaller peach growing from a leafy branch. A russet area in the stone has been utilized to depict a bat, carved in relief. A smaller bat sits on top of the two fruits. The jade is of white tone with some russet and mottled areas.
Formerly in a private collection, Hong Kong
According to Terese Tse Bartholomew, bats, fu, and peaches, shoutao, together represent the wish fushou shuangquan, ‘May you possess both blessings and longevity’.