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Lot 22

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Lot details

Jade. China, 2nd century BC

The elegantly curved huang with a stylized dragon head to either end. The mostly translucent stone of a sea-green tone with cloudy white and russet inclusions and shadings. Pierced for suspension.

The surface is densely covered with small and slightly raised hexagons, a pattern called pu, or ‘cat tail’. During the Han dynasty, this motif was mostly used to decorate large funerary discs with carved masks. The squarish indentations carved on the border at the extremities of the ornaments evoke the stylized features of two dragon heads in profile: the chin, mouth, snout, and horns.

Literature comparison: Three related huang carved with patterns of small, raised curls and hexagons were excavated from the princely tombs at Shizishan (Xuzhou, Jiangsu) between 1994 and 1995. Similar huang with jagged profiles but decorated with spirals and dated to the late Eastern Zhou period, are in the National Museum of History, Taiwan, and in the Samuel and Myrna Myers collection. Compare also with a very similar, yet significantly smaller pair in F. Salviati, 4000 Years of Chinese Archaic Jades, Edition Zacke, Vienna 2017, no. 285.

Auction comparison: Compare with a related jade huang, of significantly smaller size and dated to the Eastern Zhou dynasty, at Sotheby’s New York in Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art on 18-19 March 2014, lot 151, bought-in at an estimate of USD 10,000-15,000.

LENGTH 33.5 cm

The Collection of Irene and Wolfgang Zacke. The couple has been active in the art trade for well over half a century and were one of the first in Austria to offer Asian works of art for sale, starting in 1968. Since the late 1980s, they have been collecting ancient Chinese jades, building an extensive collection over the decades.


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