Lot 3407. A white jade shield-form pendant, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE-25); 7.1 by 4 by 0.5 cm, 2  3/4  by 1  5/8  by  1/4  in. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 HKD. Lot sold 1,000,000 HKD (128,810 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.

superbly worked after the ancient archer's ring, the pendant rendered with a shield surrounded by openwork stylised intertwining scrolls, including one with tapering end flaring outwards, the shield centred with an aperture, one side with a convex surface and decorated with a scrolling wave design, the flat reverse incised with scrolls containing hooks and barbs, the translucent stone of an even white colour accentuated with pale brown inclusions to one edge.

ProvenanceIdemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo.
Christie's New York, 26th March 2003, lot 31.
Alvin Lo Oriental Art Ltd, New York, 2003.

LiteratureRobert P. Youngman, The Youngman Collection of Chinese Jades from Neolithic to Qing, Chicago, 2008, pl. 72.

Note: The form of this pendant, which evolved from an ancient archer's ring, consists of a shield shape enclosed within a dense arrangement of open-worked scrolls, one of which tapers to a long curved tip. For another similar but smaller example, dated to the Eastern Zhou period, see C. T. Loo, An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades held at the Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1950, cat. no. 4. 

Sotheby's. The Robert Youngman Collection of Chinese Jade II, Hong Kong, 03 Apr 2019