龍首玉璜 - 東周, 公元前5世紀 長 10 厘米; 高 3,7 厘米; 密 0,4 厘米 Similarly to the previous lot, the extremities of this small huang ornament are carved in the shape of two stylized dragon heads: the serrations carved along the edges stress the main features of the mythical animals. The indentations mark the snout, chin, horn and ears of the dragons, while two tiny, incised circles suggest their eyes. Slightly raised, fat c- and s-shaped curls cover the whole surface of the ornament, including the heads: additional, small dragon heads are placed in an orderly fashion amongst the curls, together with groups of striated lines which evoke other features of the animals. Two such dragon heads are represented back to back at the top centre of the ornament: the curls which stand for the ears or horns of these two dragons mark the axis of symmetry of the jade. The ornament lacks the usual suspension hole drilled at the top centre of similar huang: this suggests the possibility that the jade could have been used as a decorative element inserted into some sort of frame, and not as a pendant. The jade is translucent white, though the original colour of the stone is preserved only at the extremities of the huang: the rest of the jade is yellowish and almost orange in colour due to inclusions dispersed in the material.
From an Austrian private collection