This jade presents a very specific type, flat on both sides and, as a rule, of strong green jade. The depiction of the dragon is outstanding through its powerful defined coils, sharp hook-shaped appendages and design of the head. Horn and snout are expansively flared in opposite directions, the chin and lower jaw in one motion are also hook-shaped. Especially noteworthy are the finely engraved, decoratively spirited lines and, in contrast, the rather sedate pattern of spirals (clouds). On one side is an exact, straight, transverse step in the tail area, which is frequently to be found in this type. Small, conically drilled eyelets for use as a pendant, while this jade more often functioned as a burial object. In backlighting, a beautiful spinach-green tone emerges, partly tending to be yellowish. Many remains of red-brown soil, although not encrusted but rather in a very fine surface coating.
Comparable pieces from a funerary context are those discovered in 1976 in the Han period tombs at Guangling, Yangzhou, Zhejiang Province, published in Yangzhou Museum, Han Guangling guo yuqi (Jade Wares of Guangling, Han Dynasty), Wenwu Chubanshe, Beijing 2003, nos. 83 and 84. Another comparable piece is represented by the dragon plaque in the Freer/Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC, which are reputed to come from Changsha, Hunan Province (acc. no. 17.372, reproduced in Thomas Lawton, Chinese Art of the Warring States Period, Change and Continuity, 480-221 BC, Washington, DC, 1982, no.101). See also the pair of plaques from Zacke Gallery published in Archaische und antike jaden aus China, Teil 3, June 2011, Zacke, Vienna, no.14.
龙形玉佩 – 东周, 公元前4世纪 长 8,3 厘米; 最宽 14 厘米
From an old Austrian-Hungarian collection
Jades nos. 92 - 121 were examined by Univ. Prof. Filippo Salviati, declared to be authentic and dated by critical evaluation of their origin.
Salviati is a professor of Chinese art at the oriental faculty of the university „La Sapienza“ in Rome and one of the most renowned experts in the field of jades worldwide, specialized in archaic jades of all eras up to the Song dynasty. All images of jades on our website can be enlarged to high detail. Work by hand, signs of age, weathering and colour can be recognized in these images.
奧匈帝國舊藏。古玉由意大利 Filippo Salviati 教授鑑定。Salviati 教授是羅馬大學中國美術專家，世界上最出名的雕玉藝術專家之一。他的專業是商代一直到宋代的古玉。我會網上的古玉都可以方大，看的到最微小的細節，正如手工，年代，顏色等。