A LARGE JADE CARVING OF A ‘PIG-DRAGON’
A LARGE JADE CARVING OF A ‘PIG-DRAGON’
A LARGE JADE CARVING OF A ‘PIG-DRAGON’
A LARGE JADE CARVING OF A ‘PIG-DRAGON’
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A LARGE JADE CARVING OF A ‘PIG-DRAGON’

HONGSHAN CULTURE, CIRCA 4000-3000 BC

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A LARGE JADE CARVING OF A ‘PIG-DRAGON’
HONGSHAN CULTURE, CIRCA 4000-3000 BC
The jade is carved as a coiled stylised mythical animal with incised circular eyes below pricked ears, and pierced with a circular aperture to the centre between a slit and a smaller aperture for suspension. The stone is of a green tone with extensive areas of white alterations.
4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm.) high, box
Provenance
Yangdetang Collection, acquired in Taipei prior to 1999
Literature
Jades of Hongshan Culture, 2007, Taipei, p. 63, no. 15

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Lot Essay

It is very rare to find a carving of a pig-dragon in the current size. For other examples of pig-dragons carved in a similar style with a single aperture, compare with a dark green jade example (16.6 cm. high) unearthed from Yangcheng, Bairin Right Banner, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, now in the Bairin Right Banner Museum (fig. 1), illustrated ibid., p. 105, no. 9; a celadon one (15 cm. high) in the Liaoning Provincial Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Relics, illustrated in Hongshan wenhua yuqi jianshang, Beijing, 2014, p. 94, no. 1 (fig. 2); and a third example (13 cm. high) from the Irving Collection, sold at Christie's New York, 21 March 2019, lot 1180.

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