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A black and pale greyish-green jade figure of a turtle, Ming dynasty (1368-1644)Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2008 

Cleverly carved utilizing the black markings as the carapace and head, the bent legs and abdomen on the underside carved from the pale greyish-green stone; together with; a black-streaked russet and black jade archaistic sword pommel, with slightly domed central area carved with three comma-shaped spirals accented by feathery markings;2½ in. (6.3 cm.) long; 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.) diam., two boxes (2). Estimate $4,000 – $6,000. Price Realized $7,500

Provenance: Both acquired in Hong Kong in the 1950s.

Christie’s. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART. 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.