A jewelry piece as flat as a bi disc, however with large inner opening and in the shape of a chi dragon. It curls its body like a snake twice in a circle to make a double ring. The head of the dragon is nestled into the split tail end. On both sides of the body, whose edges are lightly raised and smooth, a very delicate decor is engraved in fields with grid lines and spirals. The jade is very whitish, a baiyu, with only one completely greenish tone. Good translucence, which emphasizes the appearance of white. Light traces of weathering due to age and storage, as well as remains of underground storage together with some cinnabar. Very good preservation.
玉龙形环 – 东周, 公元前4世纪-前3世纪 宽8.8 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 closest comparable example to this amazing jade ring is a similar carving which is part of the collections of the National Palace Museum in Taipei, reproduced in National Palace Museum, Gugong gu yu tu lu (Illustrated Catalogue of Ancient Jade Artefacts), Taipei 1988, no.89. The main difference between the two dragon-shaped rings is that the body of the dragon in the Taipei ornament does not bend as close to the dragon’s head as the present example, and that the body is decorated with small raised curls. Compare also a similar ornament of a slightly later date unearthed in 1973 from tomb no. 40 of a late Western Han cemetery in Ding county, Hebei Province: Yang Boda, Zhongguo meishu quanji: yuqi (Chinese works of art series: jade) vol.9, Beijing 1986, no. 188.