China, 18th century
A jade figure of a bald man, seated dressed in a patchwork coat that is tied with a tasselled belt at the waist and has a clasp at the shoulder. He is sitting on a round mat, which is finely incised to simulate rushes. The jade is pierced at the base. The stone has a high degree of translucency and is of pale celadon tone. The immortal is supported on a carved hardwood stand.
Major H. F. Stanley, MC (1911 – 1997), appointed in 1957 first executive director of the Hong Kong Tourist Association.