12 May 2009
A FINE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE CHILONG SWORD POMMEL
WESTERN HAN PERIOD (206 BC - 8 AD)
The centre finely carved in high relief with a long-bodied writhing chilong, surrounded by a band of confronting C-scrolls, the sides with seven equidistant shallow depressions, the reverse with a central deep circular groove surrounded by a wide band of double-spirals and three obliquely placed perforations
1¾ in. (4.4 cm.) diam.
The King Kwei Collection, Hong Kong.
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S. Howard Hansford, Jade - Essence of Hills and Streams, Johannesburg, 1969, no. B40, p. 83
Chin-kuei lun-ku ch'u chi, Hong Kong, 1952, catalogue p. 41.
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