A PALE GREYISH-BEIGE SCABBARD SLIDE
WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 2ND CENTURY BC
The scabbard slide has beveled edges and is well-carved in low relief with an hexagonal motif. The translucent greyish-beige stone has feathery russet markings.
3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) long, box
B.K. Wong, Hong Kong, May 1987.
Nicole De Bisscop, Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Brussels, 1995, p. 68, no. 33.
Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Kredietbank Gallery, Brussels, 25 October - 17 December 1995; Kredietbank Luxembourg, 1 February - 13 April 1996.
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A similar sword slide of comparable size (9.8 cm.), also carved with an hexagonal 'rush' or 'matting' pattern and dated Western Han, is illustrated by Bo Zhongmo in Guyu Jingying, Taiwan, p. 165, pl. 83 (bottom).
Dongxi Studio- Important Chinese Jade and Hardstone Carvings from a Distinguished Private Collection