Lot 163. A large celadon jade pendant, huang, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD); 24.3 cm. Lot sold: 226,800 HKD (Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022
each side finely incised with a mythical creature with an undulating body, the hybrid animal rendered with a bird-like head and a dragon-form body, its head turns sharply backwards, its body depicted with clawed legs and feather-like curling fins, the principal side detailed with an additional bird-head two thirds along the length of the body.
Provenance: Ku Ngar Antique Ltd, Hong Kong, 18th April 1991.
Literature: Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 17:7.
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