Lot 136. A calcified jade 'dragon' pendant, huang, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475-221 BC); 12.3 cm. Lot sold: 201,600 HKD (Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022
carved on both sides as an arched dragon in profile, depicted with faintly incised eyes, short horns, and a long upturned snout with a striated band delineating the open mouth, the slender body finely rendered with two ridges and etched with rolling wave patterns on a ground of cross-hatching along the grooves, terminating in a coiling bifurcated tail, pierced with a small perforation at the apex of the pendant.
Provenance: R.H. Ellsworth Ltd, New York, 20th August 1986.
Literature: Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 17:12.
Exhibited: British Museum, London, on loan, 1995.
Sotheby's. HOTUNG The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung: Part 1, Hong Kong, 9 October 2022