19 March 2008
TWO WELL-CARVED WHITE JADE PIERCED PLAQUES
LATE MING/QING DYNASTY, 16TH-18TH CENTURY
One an oval plaque, 17th/18th century, finely carved in high relief and pierced with a scaly dragon pursuing a flaming pearl amidst a dense tangle of lotus meander; the other a rectangular plaque with rounded end, late Ming dynasty, 16th-first half 17th century, carved with a writhing dragon reserved against a recessed ground of dense pierced trellis pattern, the reverse matte and pierced with small holes for attachment to a leather belt
4¼ in. and 4 in. (10.7 cm. and 10.1 cm.) across, two boxes (2)
Oval plaque: Ching Wah Lee, San Francisco, 1970s.
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