Jade. China, Han dynasty, 206 BC – 220 AD
The disc is covered with raised swirling scrolls and surmounted by two phoenixes facing opposite directions and flanking a heavily stylized Shou character, for long life. A central piercing in the openworked section allows the disc to be suspended as a pendant. The white jade shows several areas of calcification.
Discs embellished with motifs of phoenixes and dragons carved in openwork along the outside border form a category of jades that is often found in princely and royal Han burials. Further discs decorated with phoenixes carved along the border are illustrated in Filippo Salviati, 4000 Years of Chinese Archaic Jades, Edition Zacke, Vienna 2017, nos. 335-337.
HEIGHT 15.5 cm
Provenance: Private Collection of Irene and Wolfgang Zacke.
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