The open-worked ornamental piece depicts a winged dragon inside a frame, which is approximately rectangular, although with curved upper contour, as well the side of the dragon head is open. It has a tigerformed body with long tail, the head is impressive with big eyes, anvil-shaped snout, chin beard, long pointy ears and long horn. Fine lines are engraved on wings, tail and border. Yellowish-white jade color with reddish speckles because of iron content, translucence similar. 玉镂雕龙纹饰西汉, 公元前2世纪-前1世纪长7,8 厘米; 高 3,7 厘米
From an Austrian-Hungarian collection
Accompanying this jade, is an expertise by Univ. Prof. Dr. Filippo Salviati. Also from him, is the following information about comparative examples from publicized excavations or offered from specialist literature: This jade matches a similar one excavated in 1973 from a late Western Han tomb in the cemetery located in Ding County, Hebei Province. It can also be compared to a similar openwork tiger plaque in The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, acc. No. 46-86 | East Asian Art, equal in height but longer (9.3 cm) than the present one. A famous jade plaque in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, is carved with a similar motif of a walking winged dragon framed in a border: acc. No: S1987.683. See also a similar jade carved in a more three-dimensional way published in Nicole De Bisscop, Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Kredietbank, Brussels 1995, no.37.