Delicately carved nephrite boulder depicting the mythical Phoenix bird (Fenghuang), bird of all birds. The divine animal is a symbol of high virtue and grace. The Chinese believe that jade posses magical powers and up to this day wear jadeite and nephrite jewelry for protection, good fortune and wealth. Mounted on a contemporary metal stand.
11″ tall 7.5″ wide 4″ deep (incl. stand), carved nephrite, China, 19th century