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Lot 46 - DRAGON LONG Jade. China, late eastern Zhou, early Western Han, 3rd - 2nd century BCA [...]

Estimation : 14 000 €

DRAGON LONG

Jade. China, late eastern Zhou, early Western Han, 3rd - 2nd century BC

A particularly attractive, relatively large, stretched-out dragon; the light-green jade's perfectly shining polish particularly nice. Large eyes, strongly curved nose, the tongue protruding out between the incisors. Its long claws are perfectly carved. On the middle of its body is a tightly packed spiral pattern wowen. There are spirals of varying sizes - some very deeply engraved - at various points and the tail is also curled into a volute. When back lit, the jade takes on a brilliant, white-green color.

LENGTH 20,1 CM, THICKNESS MAX. 6 MM
Condition: Overall, very well preserved. Multiple brownish areas as well as age-related points of corrosion around the edge.
Provenance: From an Austrian collection.

Comparative literature/Archaeological sites: This beautifully carved pendant in translucent, light green jade belongs to a well-known category of ornaments worked in the shape of crouching tiger-like animals that date to the late Eastern Zhou, early Western Han period. Particular features of the present example are the long protruding tongue, four ungulate paws and the delicate patterns incised on the surface, which include a group of linked scrolls in the middle and leaf-like motifs on the limbs. The stylized wings on the back and the trifurcated tail are also seen on similar tiger-shaped jades. The subtlety, finesse and extreme fluidity of the carving are reminiscent of the delicate detailing on a comparable tiger in the Samuel and Myrna Myers collection, reproduced and discussed in J.P. Desroches (ed.), Two Americans in Paris. A Quest for Asian Art, Paris 2016, no.15. The pattern of incised linked scrolls is also carved on two tiger-shaped pendants illustrated in F. Salviati, 4000 Years of Chinese Archaic Jades, Vienna, Edition Zacke, 2017, nos.300-301.



All jades in this catalogue have been professionally examined, authenticated and dated by Univ. Prof. Fillipo Salviati. Professor Salviati teaches Chinese and Korean art at Sapienza University in Rome, in the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies. He is a world expert on archaic Chinese jades, having released multiple publications and being cited by renowned auction houses such as Sotheby’s.

Expertise: Wolfmar Zacken

DRACHE LONG

Jade. China, späte Östliche Zhou, frühe Westliche Han, 3. – 2. Jh. ante

Ein besonders attraktiver, relativ großer, gerade ausgestreckter Drache mit einer besonders schönen, perfekt glänzenden Politur der lichtgrünen Jade. Große Augen, hochgebogene Nase, zwischen den Reißzähnen zeigt sich die hervorgestreckte Zunge. Auch die langen Krallen sind ganz genau geschliffen. Die Körpermitte trägt dicht gereihte Wirbelmuster Wowen. Spiralen in unterschiedlichen Größen finden sich - teilweise tief eingeschliffen - verteilt an mehreren Stellen, auch der Schweif ist in Voluten eingedreht. Von Brillanz ist das Durchlicht, welches diese Jade mehr weißgrün erscheinen läßt.
LÄNGE 20,1 CM, STÄRKE BIS 6 MM

Erhaltungszustand: Insgesamt sehr gute Erhaltenheit. Mehrere bräunliche Areale sowie altersbedingt Stellen mit Korrosion in Randbereichen.

Provenienz: Aus einer österreichischen Sammlung.

Comparative literature/Archaeological sites: This beautifully carved pendant in translucent, light green jade belongs to a well-known category of ornaments worked in the shape of crouching tiger-like animals that date to the late Eastern Zhou, early Western Han period. Particular features of the present example are the long protruding tongue, four ungulate paws and the delicate patterns incised on the surface, which include a group of linked scrolls in the middle and leaf-like motifs on the limbs. The stylized wings on the back and the trifurcated tail are also seen on similar tiger-shaped jades. The subtlety, finesse and extreme fluidity of the carving are reminiscent of the delicate detailing on a comparable tiger in the Samuel and Myrna Myers collection, reproduced and discussed in J.P. Desroches (ed.), Two Americans in Paris. A Quest for Asian Art, Paris 2016, no.15. The pattern of incised linked scrolls is also carved on two tiger-shaped pendants illustrated in F. Salviati, 4000 Years of Chinese Archaic Jades, Vienna, Edition Zacke, 2017, nos.300-301.



All jades in this catalogue have been professionally examined, authenticated and dated by Univ. Prof. Fillipo Salviati. Professor Salviati teaches Chinese and Korean art at Sapienza University in Rome, in the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies. He is a world expert on archaic Chinese jades, having released multiple publications and being cited by renowned auction houses such as Sotheby’s.

Expertise: Wolfmar Zacken

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