~ Chinese Nephrite Jade Ming Period Carved Buddha’s Hand Lemon Fruit ~
A nephrite jade carving of a Buddha’s Hand lemon fruit.
It is light moss green coloured with deep brown areas.
It has been dated for the Ming period.
Buddha’s hand, Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis, or the fingered citron, is an unusually shaped citron variety whose fruit is segmented into finger-like sections, resembling a human hand.
Buddha’s hand fruit is very fragrant and is used predominantly in China and Japan for perfuming rooms and personal items such as clothing.
The fruit may also be given as a religious offering in Buddhist temples. According to tradition, Buddha prefers the “fingers” of the fruit to be in a position where they resemble a closed rather than open hand, as closed hands symbolize to Buddha the act of prayer. In China, the Buddha’s hand fruit is a symbol of happiness, longevity and good fortune. It is also a traditional temple offering and a New Year’s gift.
~ Dimensions ~
The sculpture has a height of 2 inches (5.1 cm), a width of 1.6 inches (4 cm) & a depth of 1.2 inches (3 cm).
It weighs 110 g.
~ Condition ~
The piece is in a great condition with no damages.