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A WHITE JADE 'CHILONG' PLAQUE
A WHITE JADE 'CHILONG' PLAQUE

MING DYNASTY (1368-1644) OR EARLIER

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A WHITE JADE 'CHILONG' PLAQUE
MING DYNASTY (1368-1644) OR EARLIER
The plaque is of bi form, pierced through the centre and flanked on either side with two openwork writhing chilong. Each sinuous chilong is detailed with bifurcated tails and incised to their flanks and shoulders with cross-hatching and scrolls. The flat underside is decorated with incised scrolls. The stone is of a white tone with opaque buff markings at the edges.
3¾ in. (9.4 cm.) long
Provenance
Formerly in a private American collection, amassed in the early 20th century.
Literature
S. Marchant and Son, 85th Anniversary Edition, Chinese Jades from Tang to Qing, London, 2010, no. 32.

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Lot Essay

Compare the present lot with a plaque of similar form, from the collection of Mr. David R. S. Ezekiel, illustrated by Basil Gray, Jessica Rawson and John Ayers in "Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages", Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition, 1 May-22 June 1975, Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, Volume 40, 1973-1975, p. 94, no. 301.

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