Buddha's-Hand Citron (Translation)
玉雕佛手花插 清 十八世紀 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

18th century
Chinese
Nephrite jade with brownish mottling
Overall: 8 1/2 × 5 1/8 × 2 1/16 in. (21.59 × 13.02 × 5.24 cm)
2015.306
This radiant jade piece emulates a “Buddha’s-hand” citron (foshou), a fragrant yet inedible fruit whose shape resembles 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 like fingers.
Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
None
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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