17 September 2008
A GREYISH-GREEN JADE SCABBARD CHAPE AND A GREYISH-WHITE JADE RECTANGULAR BEAD
LATE EASTERN ZHOU/HAN DYNASTY, 4TH-1ST CENTURY BC
The scabbard chape carved on one side with a sinuous chilong, the tail, head and neck extending beyond the edges of the chape, the reverse with a taotie mask, the stone with some opaque buff alteration, traces of cinnabar; the notched rectangular bead carved on both sides with comma spirals, the greenish-white stone altered in areas to an opaque warm buff color; together with a pale grey and blackish-brown jade ovoid bead, Eastern Zhou period or later
1 7/8, 1 7/8 and 1 3/8 in. (4.7, 4.7 and 3.4 cm.) long, three boxes (3)
Scabbard chape: acquired in Hong Kong in the 1980s.
Rectangular bead: acquired in Washington, DC, 1970s.
Ovoid bead: Ching Wah Lee, San Francisco, early 1970s.
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