Jade. China, Hongshan culture, c. 3500-2500 BC
Published: Filippo Salviati, 4000 Years of Chinese Archaic Jades, Edition Zacke, Vienna 2017, pg. 21, no. 20.
The jade is carved and pierced as a single unit of a cloud-scroll with subsidiary arched segments protruding from the corners. The top is pierced with a circular aperture. The translucent stone is of a pale green tone with cloudy-white inclusions. The present pendant has a strongly emphasized abstract look which departs dramatically from the general design of most of these ornaments. The abstract shape appears to evoke the profile of an animal.
Compare a related and only slightly larger jade cloud-scroll ornament from the Hongshan culture at Christie’s Hong Kong in The Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades, Part I - Neolithic Period on 27 November 2019, lot 2711, sold for HKD 175,000.
LENGTH 10.4 cm
Provenance: Private Collection of Irene and Wolfgang Zacke.
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