Lot 815. A rare greenish-yellow jade dragon silkworm pendant, Late Shang-Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-9th century BC; 1 7/8 in. (4.6 cm.) long. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000. Price realised USD 75,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.
The pendant of curved shape has the head of a bottle-horned dragon and the body of a silkworm and is pierced with one hole at the mouth and another in the tail. The semi-translucent jade is of pale green color with a yellowish tinge.
Provenance: A. W. Bahr and E. H. Bahr Collection, 1963.
Arthur M. Sackler Collections.
Elizabeth A. Sackler.
Note: A very similar late Shang-Western Zhou yellowish-green jade dragon-silkworm pendant was sold at Christie’s New York, 2 December 1993, lot 169, and was subsequently illustrated by Jenny F. So in Chinese Jades from the Cissy and Robert Tang Collection, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2015, p. 69, no. 10c. The author notes, p. 70, that small, finely worked ornaments such as the current example “formed parts of elaborately strung personal ornaments, worn around the neck, wrist, or ankles.”
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13 September 2019