17 September 2008
TWO ARCHAISTIC WHITE JADE SWORD FITTINGS
SONG/MING DYNASTY, 12TH-16TH CENTURY
Comprising a scabbard chape of lenticular section carved on both sides with angular scrolls, the top pierced with one vertical and two smaller diagonal holes, the bottom carved in high relief with a chilong with a long bifurcated tail which extends down one side; the other a sword guard of lozenge shape with an oval perforation through the center, one side carved with an angular hooked scroll, the other side with a sinuous chilong, the stone of each fitting of white tone with sparse pale russet markings
Both 2 3/16 in. (5.5 cm.) long, two boxes (3)
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