19 March 2008
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MALCOLM E. MCPHERSON
A FINELY CARVED GREENISH-WHITE JADE DRAGON PENDANT
EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 5TH-4TH CENTURY BC
The flat plaque cut out in the shape of a rearing dragon with undulating body and curved, tapering tail, the features finely delineated by thin grooved lines, with a small suspension hole at the base of the upturned crest, the semi-translucent stone with some russet markings and opaque buff inclusions from alteration due to burial
2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) long, box
J.D. Chen King Kwei Collection.
Mayuyama, Tokyo, late 1950s.
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Tokyo, International Museum, Chinese Ancient Jades, 1955, p. 10. San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Hall of Flowers, Treasures of the Orient, 1979, no. 18c.
A dragon pendant of similar shape dated to the Western Han dynasty was excavated from the mausoleum of the King of Nanyue at Xiangang, Guangzhou, Guangdong province. See The Complete Collection of Unearthed Jades in China, vol. 11, Beijing, no. 99.
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