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Lot 133. A reticulated celadon jade 'dragon' plaque, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC); 4.8 by 5 cm. Lot sold: 378,000 HKD (Estimate: 150,000 - 200,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022

the slightly curved plaque intricately reticulated with a complex and symmetrical design of a pair of stylised S-shaped animals, each with a sinuous body terminated in a bifurcated tail, the body detailed with interlinked C-scrolls with subtle beveling, all outlined within meticulously striated borders, the reverse undecorated and pierced with four small diagonal perforations.

Provenance: Christie's New York, 2nd December 1985, lot 50.

LiteratureJessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 17:14.

Exhibited: British Museum, London, on loan, 1995.

Note: Ingeniously designed, the openwork plaque depicts a pair of dragons with their dynamic bodies leaning back to back. The effect of the play of light through the jade is enhanced by the striated borders and the subtlety bevelled interlinked scrolls. The curvature and perforations of the present plaque suggest that it was made for attachment to some other material (Rawson, ibid., p. 272).

A similar double-dragon plaque was discovered in Luoyang and published in 'Luoyang xijiao yihao zhanguo mu fajue ji [Excavcation report of the Warring States tomb no. 1 in the western suburbs of Luoyang]', Kaogu / Archaeology, 1959, no. 12, pp. 653-7, pl. 3, no. 8.

Sotheby's. HOTUNG  The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung: Part 1, Hong Kong, 9 October 2022