A Large Celadon Jade "Champion" Vase and Cover

 A Large Celadon Jade "Champion" Vase and Cover

Qianlong period, Qing Dynasty
Height: 26.7cm

Composed of a pair of tall cylinders joined by an eagle with outspread wings standing on the head of a crouching bear-like beast, the tail and hind of each creature emerging between the vases at the rear, each cylinder decorated in low relief with a broad band of bosses above another band of archaistic scrolls and a lower border of pendent cicada blades, fitted with a double cover surmounted by two dragons, their bifurcated tails interlocked semi-translucent stone of a celadon tone with areas of opaque inclusions.