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Jade. China, Neolithic period, Hongshan culture, c. 4700-2900 BC

Filippo Salviati, 4000 Years of Chinese Archaic Jades, Edition Zacke, Vienna 2017, p. 18-21, no. 21 (note that the length stated in this publication is incorrect).

Finely carved in openwork as a stylized scrolling cloud, detailed with raised ridges and grooves on each side. The semi-translucent stone of a pale green tone that appears pale yellow when light filters through it. This variation in color is due to the presence of iron which creates the small dark speckles dispersed in the jade.

Museum comparison: Compare a related jade in the collection of the Tianjin Museum of Art, illustrated by Mou Yongkang, Zhongguo yuqi quanji - 1 Yuanshi shehui (Chinese Jades: Vol. 1, Early Societies), Hebei Meishu Chubanshe, Shijazhuang, 1993. Compare another related jade of simpler outline excavated from a tomb at a Niuheliang site in Lingyuan county, Liaoning province, and now in the Liaoning Provincial Museum, see Guo Dashun & Hong Dianxu, Hongshan wenhua yuqi jianshang/A Study of Hongshan Culture Jades, Beijing, 2014, part 1, pl. 15

Auction comparison: Compare a related cloud-scroll ornament, also attributed to the Hongshan culture, dated c. 3500 BC, 18.4 cm long, at Christie’s Hong Kong in The Chang Wei-Hwa Collection of Archaic Jades, Part I on 27 November 2019, lot 2712 (sold for HKD 1,000,000). Compare another related cloud-scroll ornament, also attributed to the Hongshan culture, dated c. 4000-3000 BC, 12.3 cm long, in the same auction, lot 2711 (sold for HKD 175,000).

LENGTH 14.5 cm

Provenance: Private Collection of Irene and Wolfgang Zacke.


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