Go Themed White Jade Piece
Size is roughly 5.3 cm X 3.8 cm X 0.7 cm.
This white jade piece shows two gentlemen sitting beneath a pine tree playing the game of go. Bought this one some time ago. I am quite sure it is not an antique as there is a simplified Chinese character in the back, but nevertheless a nice piece of go themed artwork.
It’s very difficult to take a picture of a white object with writing or pictures in low relief. I tried to take this picture of the back side to show the calligraphy as much as possible. And I took the picture at a different time from the first so I can’t figure out how to get the same lighting effect.
Anyways, I asked a friend to try to decode the Chinese calligraphy on the back side of the piece. The best effort decoding and translating seems to come up with the following:
While playing a go game beneath the pine,
the sound of the enemy stone strikes the board
separating even close buddies like a billowing wave