London, South Kensington
18 May 2007
A celadon jade scabbard slide, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220)
of slightly curved rectangular form with a rectangular loop on the underside, the top curved in low relief and incised with C-scrolls terminating in a mythical beast mask dominated by striated brows above bulging eyes, the stone of pale celadon tone with russet and yellow inclusions -- 2 13/16in. (7.1cm.) long.
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Compare similar scabbard slides illustrated in Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl.21:11.
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