The shape of this interesting Western Zhou ornament is described in Chinese as shujuan or “tied bundle”: it has a slightly curved surface and an undecorated smooth flat back. The centre of the object is marked by two groups of carved raised bands whose side edges form regularly-spaced notches. The top and bottom have a crown-like outline with three protuberances whose contour is marked with grooves. The central extensions have a pointed tip, while the other four projections are drilled with slanted holes that allowed for strings to pass so that the ornament could be attached to other elements. During the late Western Zhou period, these ornamental jades were strung with beads to form necklaces.
HEIGHT 5.2 cm, WIDTH 2.2 cm
Provenance: Private Collection of Irene and Wolfgang Zacke.