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Jade. China, Han dynasty, 2nd century BC to 2nd century AD

The disc (bi) is well carved to both sides of the surface with a band of comma spirals within inner and outer raised borders, the central aperture flanked by two sunken elements pierced with Chinese characters. The disc is flanked on the edges by a pair of phoenixes.

The pendant (huang) of arched form is finely carved with a dragon head to either end, neatly detailed with bulging eyes, open jaw, and a snout-like nose. The body is carved with comma-spirals and two sunken elements of rounded rectangular form pierced with Chinese characters, all between raised borders with pairs of phoenixes above and below.

The translucent stones are of a pale celadon tone with patches of brownish-cream color.

Auction comparison: Compare a related jade bi, also flanked by two phoenixes and dated to the Han dynasty, of slightly smaller size (6 cm long), at Christie’s Hong Kong in Adorning the Kings - A Private Collection of Archaic Jade Ornaments on 31 May 2017, lot 2715 (sold for HKD 250,000). Compare also a related jade huang, dated late Eastern Zhou to Han dynasty, sold in these rooms in Fine Chinese Art, Buddhism & Hinduism on 5 March 2021, lot 60 (sold for EUR 18,960).

LENGTH 9.5 cm (bi), LENGTH 14.5 cm (pendant)

Provenance: Private Collection of Irene and Wolfgang Zacke.


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