Jade Champion Carving (独占鳌头)
Jade carving of legendary Chinese creature with fitted wooden base.
独占鳌头 - dú zhàn áo tóu
Representing an old idiom:
the fish relief on the steps in front of the . When the imperial examination issued, the stood here to welcome the ranking. The emperor summoned the champions and the second-place winners in the new exam in front of the palace. The champion knelt in front, just the flying dragon giant ao relief sculpture. Originally refers to the imperial examination era in the exam. Now generally refers to occupying the first or first place.
The poem on the wooden base translates as:
"The clearer the sound of jade, the better, and the clearer the color of jade, the better. The same is true for poetry, which needs to reach a certain level and height."