A VERY RARE AND FINELY CARVED JADE DRAGON-FORM PENDANT
A VERY RARE AND FINELY CARVED JADE DRAGON-FORM PENDANT
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A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT CARVED JADE DRAGON-FORM PENDANT

LATE WARRING STATES PERIOD, CIRCA 300-221 BC

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A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT CARVED JADE DRAGON-FORM PENDANT
LATE WARRING STATES PERIOD, CIRCA 300-221 BC
The pendant is carved as a single-horned dragon in profile with an arched s-shaped body and a coiled bi-furcated tail. Both sides are finely incised with ruyi motifs and a various scrolling patterns with some filled with criss-cross design, between raised edges. The semi-translucent stone has a mottled pale greyish and russet tone with a high polish.
3 5⁄8 in. (9.1 cm.) long, box
Provenance
Jinhuatang Collection, acquired in Taipei in 1998
Literature
Teng Shu-p’ing, Collectors’ Exhibition of Archaic Chinese Jades, Taipei, 1999, no. 177
Exhibited
National Palace Museum, Collectors’ Exhibition of Archaic Chinese Jades, Taipei, 1999, Catalogue, no. 177

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Lot Essay

The present pendant is a rare example of the finest jade carvings from this period. The double-s-shaped body of the dragon shows an unusually strong modulation and a high degree of curvature, imbuing the mythical animal with a sense of movemnet and vivacity. The finely incised pattern on the body of the dragon comprising ruyi-scrolls, comma spirals, triangles, and other shapes filled with criss-cross design, further distinguishing the present pendant from other contemporary examples.

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