Jade. China, Eastern Zhou dynasty, late Spring and Autumn period, 6th-5th century BC
Of flattened form, carved as a crouching tiger in profile with curled tail and abstracted head, the body decorated with C-shaped scrolls, the tail and head pierced with small apertures. The translucent stone of a white tone with black specks and a small opaque area of beige-brown color with a minor chip.
The present pendant, modeled in the form of a crouching tiger and densely embellished with C-shaped scrollwork, demonstrates a style typical of the late Spring and Autumn period. See two related dragon pendants, included in Teng Shuping, One Hundred Jades from the Lantien Shanfang Collection, Taipei, 1995, pl. 54. A similar pendant was unearthed in 1992 at Yimencun, Baoji, Shaanxi Province, illustrated by Liu Yunhui, Shaanxi chutu dongzhou yuqi (Eastern Zhou Jades Unearthed in Shaanxi), Beijing, 2006, p. 159.
Museum comparison: Compare a related jade dragon pendant, dated c. 5th century BC, in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 2006.397.
Auction comparison: Compare a related jade tiger pendant, also dated 6th-5th century BC, 10.2 cm long, at Christie’s New York in The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Part III on 19 March 2015, lot 580 (sold for USD 40,000). Compare a related jade dragon pendant, dated Spring and Autumn period, 8.1 cm long, at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in Monochrome II on 9 October 2020, lot 26 (sold for HKD 327,600).
LENGTH 8.2 cm
Provenance: Private collection of Professor Filippo Salviati.
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