This exquisite, very small huang is beautifully carved with a detailed decoration that is quite amazing, especially considering its size. The central arched portion, where the jade is translucent, is decorated with finely incised, interconnected double spirals. As usual, the extremities are shaped as dragon heads: here they are particularly elongated, with dramatic slender snouts, slanting eyes and open mouths. The curls carved in openwork that embellish the underside are actually highly stylized upside-down phoenixes whose crests touch the dragons’ chins. The beautiful arch of the ornament is further accentuated by the various hues of the jade that follow the lines of the object: these range from light and dark brown to black, with some whitish patina from calcification. The alterations are almost symmetrical in location, leaving a central unaffected area where the lovely white jade has retained its color and translucency.
Dimensions: LENGTH 6.8 CM, WIDTH 2 CM
Condition: There are some tiny, slightly irregular areas along the upper curves, where the jade has altered, that are quite rough in comparison to the highly polished green area.
Provenance: Old Austrian private collection