Jade. China, Western Han dynasty, c. 2nd century BC
Carved from an almost white, pale green jade and depicting a dragon and phoenix, partially executed in openwork. The dragon and phoenix appear to be sharing a body, both showing finely incised markings. Their mouths are wide open, and the dragon appears to bite into an elegantly curved volute of the phoenix. The jade shows some calcification at the ends.
The jade shows similarities with jades discovered in a Western Han tomb at Beishantou, Chaohu, Anhui province, excavated between 1996 and 1998. Furthermore it has an almost identical counterpart in the collections of the Shanghai Museum. Compare with a closely related jade in F. Salviati, 4000 Years of Chinese Archaic Jades, Edition Zacke, Vienna 2017, no. 290.
LENGTH 8.3 cm
Provenance: Private Collection of Irene and Wolfgang Zacke.
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