16 September 2016
A PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE RETICULATED 'DRAGON' FINIAL
YUAN-MING DYNASTY, 13TH-14TH CENTURY
The finial is finely carved in openwork with a five-clawed, horned dragon slithering amidst leafy peony stems, its head emerging at the top. Two bull-nose attachment holes pierce the concave, oblong base. There are some areas of russet color.
2 1/16 in. (5.4 cm.) high
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