A VERY RARE AND FINE WHITE AND RUSET JADE 'DRAGON' PENDANT, XI
A VERY RARE AND FINE WHITE AND RUSET JADE 'DRAGON' PENDANT, XI
A VERY RARE AND FINE WHITE AND RUSET JADE 'DRAGON' PENDANT, XI
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A VERY RARE AND FINE WHITE AND RUSET JADE 'DRAGON' PENDANT, XI

PROBABLY JINCUN, HENAN PROVINCE, WARRING STATES PERIOD (475-221 B.C.)

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A VERY RARE AND FINE WHITE AND RUSET JADE 'DRAGON' PENDANT, XI
PROBABLY JINCUN, HENAN PROVINCE, WARRING STATES PERIOD (475-221 B.C.)
The pendant is carved and pierced in the shape of a horned dragon with arched body, stretched back legs and long tapering tail. The surface is finely polished and drilled from one side at the back of the eye for suspension. The stone is of a semi-translucent white tone with small areas of black and russet inclussions.
4 3/8 in. (11.1cm.) long
Provenance
The Collection of Baron and Baroness von Oertzen, Johannesburg, South Africa, acquired prior to 1969.
Christie's London, 4 November 2008, lot 127.
Property from a Princely Collection.
Literature
S. Howard Hansford, Jade: Essence of Hills and Streams, Johannesburg, 1969, p.83, no. B39.
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Lot Essay

The shape and polish of this ornament is closely related to an excavated example, now in the Palace Museum, Beijing, excavated from the 4th-3rd century B.C. tombs at Jincun, near present day Luoyang, which are thought to have been the buriel tombs of the Zhou Royal family. The present xi may also be stylistically compared with the dragon and phoenix-shaped ornament from the Warring States period, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, Adorning the Kings, a Private Collection of Archaic Jade Ornaments, 31 May 2017, lot 2726.

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