Straight elongated form, arched upper and lower side with relief decor, the slim side surfaces are smooth. The relief offers various forms of spirals, some as C, but also lineal patterns, some as grids, also individual circles like dragon eyes. Narrow loop canal through the entire length. White jade with minimal yellow-green tone, small yellow-brown fields created by the iron content. 玉管 - 东周, 公元前6世纪长 7,3 厘米; 宽 1,3 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: A similar bead has been discovered in the late Spring and Autumn period tomb no.1 excavated at Tongbai Yuehe, near the city of Nanyang, Henan Province, and reproduced in Nanyangshi Wenwu Kaogu Yanjiusuo, Nanyang Guyu Xieying (Fine Ancient Jades from Nanyang), Beijing 2005, no.118. Other beads sharing the same features are published in A. Salmony, Archaic Chinese Jades from the Edward and Louise B. Sonnenschein Collection, Chicago 1952, Pl. 87, nos. 1-9. Compare also similar decorative motifs on two Eastern Zhou jades from past auctions at Gallery Zacke here and here.