17 avril 2019

A Russet Jade 'Dragon' Pendant, Late Shang – early Western Zhou dynasty


Lot 3413. A Russet Jade 'Dragon' Pendant, Late Shang – early Western Zhou dynasty; 7 cm, 2 3/4  in. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 HKD. Lot sold 375,000 HKD (48,304 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's

 the flat stone cut and worked in the form of a stylised dragon in profile, its body incised with square scrolls terminating in a curled tail, the head turned to one side and detailed with almond-shaped eyes, scrolled horns and an upturned snout, perforated with a small aperture, the stone of a light beige to russet brown tone.

ProvenanceJ.J. Lally & Co., New York. 

Note: This rare pendant is closely related to another jade dragon pendant discovered in the  tomb of Fu Hao, now in the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, illustrated by Gu (ed.), Zhongguo chutu yuqi quanji (Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China), Vol. 5, Henan, Beijing, 2005, p. 38.

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

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