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After: The work of master carver Ma Qing Hua depicts a sage playing a Chinese zither beneath a pine tree, with stair steps leading to the mouth of a cave. Less than a kilogram was lost in the carving.

A PAIR OF EARLY 20TH CENTURY CHINESE CARVED GREEN JADE BIRDS modelled upon naturalistic outcrops. One repaired. Jade 10.5ins high.

Bonhams : Fine Asian Works of Art, Session I at 10am and Session II at 1pm --BOTH ON NOVEMBER 21

LARGE CHINESE CARVED JADE TWIN DRAGONS BOAT Old Chinese large hand carved jade boat. Has figural double dragon design with two sails. One being fully reticulated and the other having raised design depicting dragon and phoenix bird. Etched scale design to hull. Relief carved design throughout cabin. Has bells and chains. Includes rudder and anchor.

Chang’e or Chang-o [嫦娥] is the Chinese goddess of the Moon. Unlike many lunar deities in other cultures who personify the Moon, Chang’e only lives on the Moon. In one version of the Chang’e legend, she was a beautiful young girl working in the Jade Emperor’s palace in heaven, where immortals, good people and fairies lived. One day, she accidentally broke a precious porcelain jar. Angered, the Jade Emperor banished her to live on earth. #myth

Every child is discarded into a city of children in which they are brought up by other children. Children are seen as inferior and do all the work for adults, adults buy and sell them to do whatever they want. Adults refuse to believe they were ever a child. On their 16th birthday children can choose to leave to be an adult or stay with all the children. One year every child stays and proves the adults ideas about children to be wrong.