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金/元 玉雕春水紋帶飾
Belt Slide with a Falcon Attacking a Goose

Period:
Jin (1115–1234)–Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty
Date:
12th–14th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions:
1 7/8 × 2 5/8 × 1/2 in. (4.8 × 6.7 × 1.3 cm)
Classification:
Jade
Credit Line:
Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.483
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 216
This carved jade belt slide shows a small falcon hunting a wild goose amid lotus flowers. The motif symbolizes the spring hunting of the Jurchens, a seminomadic people who lived beyond China’s Great Wall in the northeast. Known as chunshui (spring water) in historical texts, the hunt was an important ritual that the Jurchens practiced year after year, and Manchu royalty continued it during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911).
Cheng Te-k'un (Zheng Dekun) 1907–2001 (before 1969–1991; to Bluett & Sons) ; [ Bluett & Sons Ltd. , London, 1991; sold to MMA]
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