Length: 1 3/4 inches, 4.5 cm
Height: 1 inch, 2.5 cm


Jade cluster of pomegranates with three-legged toad

China, 18th century

A jade cluster of a large pomegranate with two smaller fruits, joined by branches that form the base.  A three-legged toad is clambering up one side.  The stone is of even, palest celadon tone

Therese Bartholomew states that the three-legged toad (sanzuchan) associated with pomegranates (shilu) signifies the wish “May you have an abundance of sons and wealth”, but it can also provide a deeper meaning, because the two terms can be used as a rebus for the immortal Liu Hai’s name: shilu can be a pun for Liu and chan forms part of the name “Haichan”[1]

Major Henry Ferdinand Stanley MC (1911 – 1997)
Major Stanley was appointed the first director of the Hong Kong Tourist association in 1957.

1    Tse Bartholomew, T., Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 2006, 6.41, p. 162-3

  1. Rawson, J. Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, the British Museum press, 1995, p. 130
  2. A Catalogue of the National Palace Museum’s Special Exhibition of Circular Jade, Taipei, 1995, no. 48, pp. 88-9
  3. Rawson, J. op. cit. no. 4:6, p. 136


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