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A PALE GREYISH-GREEN JADE SCABBARD CHAPE
A PALE GREYISH-GREEN JADE SCABBARD CHAPE

WARRING STATES PERIOD-EARLY WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC

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A PALE GREYISH-GREEN JADE SCABBARD CHAPE
WARRING STATES PERIOD-EARLY WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC
Of lenticular section, the chape is carved on both sides with a taotie mask and angular scrolls incorporating T-scrolls. The smaller flat end is pierced with a central hole flanked by two bullnose perforations for attachment to the bottom of the scabbard. There is extensive ivory-colored alteration to the pale greyish-green stone, which is finely polished.
2 ¼ in. (5.6 cm.) long, box
Provenance
Patrick Wong, Hong Kong, 28 October 1997.

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Compare the scabbard chape carved with similar decoration, dated to the Western Han period, illustrated by Yang Boda in Chinese Archaic Jades in the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1994, no. 219, where the entry notes that chapes with a similar type of decoration have been found in tombs of Western Han date in Guangzhou.

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