1. White Round Jade Box with Mandarin-Duck-Like Handles

Song Dynasty (960-1279)
Height 9.5cm, diameter 7cm
Unearthed from the tomb of Qing Dynasty’s emperor Qianlong in Beijing’s Miyun County in 1962

This round box was made of white jade, clean and delicate, and it has yellow erosive grains in some areas.. On the box there is three-dimensional carving of a pair of mandarin ducks, with their mouths, chests connected. The crowns, eyes, and feathers were carved with uniform fine incised lines. This box has a cover. The mandarin ducks are connected into a whole subtly, and are respectively located in the box’s body and cover. They become two couples correspondingly when it is opened. It is still bright after being unearthed.