This Magnificent solid Nephrite Jade Bear is the Largest Jade sculpture known of its time. Dating back from the Warring State to Eastern Han Dynasty (475 B.C-220 A.D), it was made for a significant figure/ruler of whom it was buried with. The monumental figure shows extensive calcification due to centuries of extended burial. The cup shaped opening on the top of the head, leads to the conclusion that it was made for a stand or base for a significant object such as a flag pole, table or Bell Stand. High relief designs include ?S?, cornered ?L? and ?Z? shapes. The bear currently is the national symbol for the Federal Republic of Russia. Includes Analytical report concluding that the artifact is original, as well of Certificate of Authenticity from the Beijing Wenzhenyuan Relic Identification Consulting Company. Measures 14" height x 7 1/2" width (35.5cm x 19cm). Weighs approx. 40.25 lbs / 18.26 kg. Provenance: Purchased by a private New York estate in 1998.