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The Mary and George Bloch Collection: Part IX  
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 24 November 2014: Lot 81 

Lot 81

Lot 81
Treasury 7, no. 1591 (‘Success with a Sparkle’)

Transparent brown amber; carved in the form of a three-legged toad, its mouth forming the mouth of the bottle, the bulbous eyes made of separate hemispheres of amber glued on
Length: 5.3 cm
Stopper: ivory; gilt-silver collar

Private American collection
Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd (2002)

Treasury 7, no. 1591

The three-legged toad is the familiar companion of Liu Hai 劉海, the immortal associated with successful ventures in business, and as such would invoke this deity and convey the auspicious wish for success associated with him, even when Liu Hai is away on leave.


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