A superb character work in jade. More mythical fabulous in nature than real, the creature flaunts its powerful head, agressively lowered with huge eyes and a mighty body. The long tail creates a curling volute. The predator claws are almost the only indication of the tiger hu, since the head with nose in the air and anvil-shaped chin is identical to the kui dragon. The entire expression of sheer power corresponds to the symbolism of the animal, also represented in the zodiac. Both flat sides exhibit relief with spirals, partly semi-sculptural, partly crafted in recessed relief. The almost white jade has a creamy yellow tone, in backlighting the yellow appears stronger. Zones toward the back are red-brown because of the iron content. Some corrosion due to age in border area, but altogether astonishingly well-preserved. A meaningful collector´s object! 玉镂雕虎凤纹饰 西汉, 公元前2世纪-前1世纪 长7,6 厘米; 高 5,2 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: The tiger plaque can be paralleled to similar examples in public and private collections: two in the Freer/Sackler galleries display similar curls on the back: acc. nos. F1932.43 and F1932.44. See also the pair in the Harvard Art Museums published by Loehr, Max, and Huber, Louisa G. Fitzgerald, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA) 1975, no. 438 or the one discussed in J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London 1995, no. 17:13. See also the tiger plaque from in the Samuel and Myrna Myers collection published in F. Salviati, Radiant Stones. Archaic Chinese Jades, Paris 2000, no.108 and the one from Zacke Gallery found here.