Jade. China, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, 5th-3rd century BC
Finely carved as a sinuous dragon with crested head and long snout, the body detailed on both sides with neatly incised scrolls and lines, the tail splitting into two fins coiling in opposite directions and each terminating in a bifurcated tip, the belly pierced with a small aperture. The translucent stone of a pale green tone with icy inclusions.
See six related jade pendants, each excavated from Warring States period tombs in Henan and Hunan provinces, published in Gu Fang, ed., The Pictorial Handbook of Ancient Chinese Jades / Zhongguo gu yuqi tudian, Beijing, Wenwu chubanshe, 2007, pp 190-192.
Auction comparison: Compare a near-identical pale green jade dragon pendant, dated Eastern Zhou to Han dynasty, in considerably worse condition than the present lot, at Sotheby’s New York in A Journey Through China’s History. The Dr Wou Kian Collection Part 1 on 22 March 2022, lot 143 (sold for USD 9,450). Compare a closely related black and beige jade dragon pendant, also dated to the Eastern Zhou dynasty, at Sotheby’s New York in Chinese Art From The Metropolitan Museum Of Art: The Florence And Herbert Irving Gift on 10 September 2019, lot 39 (sold for USD 18,750).
LENGTH 18.6 cm
Provenance: Austrian private collection.
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