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A WHITE JADE SCABBARD SLIDE
HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220)
The front is well carved with four rows of small bosses connected by incised lines into repeated patterns, all within narrow raised borders, and the reverse has a rectangular slide bearing remains of iron encrustation. The well-polished, semi-translucent stone is of even pale greenish-white color.
3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) long, box
Provenance
Luen Chai Curios, Hong Kong, 23 March 1990.
Literature
Nicole De Bisscop, Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Brussels, 1995, p. 71, no. 36.
Exhibited
Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Kredietbank Gallery, Brussels, 25 October - 17 December 1995; Kredeitbank Luxembourg, 1 February - 13 April 1996, no. 36.

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Lot Essay

A similar pattern can be seen on a sword slide of comparable size (9.6 cm.), dated Han dynasty, illustrated by Bo Zhongmo in Guyu Jingyin, Taiwan, 1989-90, p. 165, pl. 165 (middle).

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