Bixie (mythical animal)

Qing period, late 18th-early 19th century
7 3/4 x 12 x 7 in. (19.7 x 30.5 x 17.8 cm); 1979.120

Artist Comments

Laurie Anderson
Made of nephrite a kind of jade found in river beds, Bixie is full of fractures that have been stained brown to simulate the dis-colorations that occur when stones have been tossed around and polished in river beds. An instant antique, a fake fossil, Bixie might have been a paper weight or a lucky charm. A wacky crossbreed of deer and lion Bixie represents fleetness and power but sits in an endearing froggy slump scratching his ancient ear.