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Lot 2712. A set of five celadon jade 'Mythical Beasts' pendants, Warring States period (475-221 BC). Estimate HKD 400,000 - HKD 600,000. Price realised HKD 1,980,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

Each of the mythical beasts is carved standing upright, detailed with bulging eyes, curling tail and a snout-like nose, all strung together in a row separated by rounded beads. The semi-translucent stones range from a yellowish-celadon to white tone. Together with two white jade dragon ornaments. The larger: 1 1/4 in. (3.5 cm.) high.

ProvenanceAcquired in Hong Kong, 1994

NoteCompare to a jade beast of similar form, dating to the early Warring States period, now in the Shanxi Provincial Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo Yuqi Quanji 3 – Chunqiu, Zhanguo, Hebei, 1993, p. 95, no. 150 (fig. 1).

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fig. 1 A jade 'Mythical Beast' pendant, early Warring States period (475-221 BC). Collection of Shanxi Provincial Museum

Christie's. Adorning the Kings - A Private Collection of Archaic Jade Ornaments, 31 May 2017