This trapezoidal piece is also referred to as a sword shoe. On one side is a chilong (chi-dragon), featured in half-plastic relief with a smooth body, horn and tail with volute. Typical for this kind of dragon are its exultant movements and its rather flat, wide heads. The body of this chilong is partially covered by a cloud. On the other side is an area with guwen, the small knobs of which are connected by lines in groups of three and, on the edges, in pairs. The border features a triangular, lined pattern. The outer surfaces are smooth; drilled hole in the middle. The mineral has a yellow-green color with reddish areas probably due to iron oxidization.
HEIGHT 3.8 cm, WIDTH 6.5 cm
Provenance: Private Collection of Irene and Wolfgang Zacke, formerly from a Canadian private collection.