Fei-ts'ui jade cabbage

Ch'ing dynasty (A.D. 1644-1911)
Length: 18.7 cm Width: 9.1 cm Breadth: 5.07 cm

Here the jade carver, with the dexterity of a master magician, has transformed a piece of emerald green and white jadeite (fei-ts'ui). into a very real-looking Chinese cabbage. The ruffled, semi-translucent leaves almost rustle at the touch. Long, white stalks overlap in a kind of gentle rhythm, the delicate combination of pale blue-green mottles in the opaque white jade exquisite. With a bit more scrutiny even a large and a small grasshopper will appear camouflaged in the leaves!

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