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This radiant jade piece emulates a “Buddha’s-hand” citron (foshou), a fragrant yet inedible fruit whose shape resembles devotional Buddhist hand gestures. The fruit is frequently used in prayer offerings as blessings for happiness (fu) and longevity (shou). Intricately carved in high-relief, the branches, leaves, and tendrils depicted here twist and curl upward likefingers.
Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment, along with gifts by exchange from Colonel Henry W. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Cheek, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Graham Glasgow, Ruth Keppel Hagerman, Brigadier General John S. Letcher, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Schools, Mr. Langbourne M. Williams, and Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
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