A gou typical of the time, the Chines. word means “hook”. Accordingly, a hook is designed at one end of the clasp to fasten a belt. Below in the center is a rectangular eyelet box for the band passage. The sculptural decor on the upper side shows a large chilong, the body is fluted and performs typical exalted movement. The long tail is split and has curls on the end. Amusing is the young dragon on one end. Whitish jade with light yellow-green tone, nice translucence, yellow-brown to red-brown areas, the little chi dragon is dark. Some age characteristics, minor weathering on the edges. 玉蟠螭纹璲– 西汉, 公元前2世纪-前1世纪 长11 厘米; 宽 2,2 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 scabbard slide can be compared to many similar ones in collections around the world: see for example the one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 1985.214.101 or the one in the Freer/Sackler galleries, acc. no. S1987.651, carved from a similar stone.