02 avril 2018

A rare calcified jade 'Dragon' pendant, Late Shang–Early Western Zhou dynasty

A rare calcified jade 'Dragon' pendant, Late Shang–Early Western Zhou dynasty

Lot 3095. A rare calcified jade 'Dragon' pendant, Late Shang–Early Western Zhou dynasty; 4.3 cm, 1 5/7  in. Estimate 120,000 — 150,000 HKD. Lot sold 437,500 HKD. © Sotheby's 2018

the plaque rendered as a dragon with a long curled tail, each side detailed with fine incisions depicting the mythical beast's horn, eye, wing and tail, the upper and lower edge pierced with an aperture, the stone of an even ivory colour.

Provenance: Christie’s Hong Kong, 1st October 1991, lot 1286.

Note: The present pendant, modelled as a crouching dragon with eyes in the form of chen (court official) character and the body accentuated with double-incised lines, epitomizes animal-form jades from the Shang dynasty. For jade 'dragon' pendants from the late Shang dynasty, see a few examples excavated from the famous tomb of Fu Hao, included in the exhibition Queen Mother and General: 40th Anniversary of Excavating the Shang Tomb of Fu Hao: Jade Article, Beijing, 2016, pp. 8, 10-13.

Sotheby's. Curiosity IV. Hong Kong, 02 Apr 2018, 10:30 AM

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