PART OF THE SWORD MOUNT JIANBI WITH DRAGON AND STUDS DÉCOR

Starting price:€ 2 500
Auction date:28.04.2017   15:00
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Lot 67PART OF THE SWORD MOUNT JIANBI WITH DRAGON AND STUDS DÉCOR
PART OF THE SWORD MOUNT JIANBI WITH DRAGON AND STUDS DÉCOR
Jade
China
Late Eastern Zhou to Western Han, 3. to 2. Century. Before
HEIGHT 3.8 CM, WIDTH 6.5 CM
龍紋玉劍璧。中國,西漢代,公元前3-2世紀。高3.8厘米,寬6.5厘米。加拿大私人舊藏。

This part is also called the sword of the Shoe and it has the Form of a trapezoid. On one side with a Chilong (Chi dragon) appears in the semiplas tables-Relief with a smooth body, Horn, and tail with a Volute. Typical for this type of dragon whose exaggerated movements, as well as the more flat, wide heads are. The body of this Chilong is obstructed to a part of a cloud. On the opposite side of a field with Guwen, three of the small buttons are connected by means of lines, at the edges there are two. The border shows a line pattern in triangle shapes. Smooth outer surfaces, the Central bore. The Mineral has a yellow-green colour with reddish Spots, presumably iron oxidation. Very good obtaining determination.

Also in this case, similar to crafted pieces were found in the tomb of Zhao Mo, the ruler of the Kingdom of Nanyue.

Notes by Prof. Salviati: The two sides of this scabbard chape, which was used to protect the tip of the sword, are decorated with different motifs. On one side there is a four-legged, long-crested feline-type-dragon carved in high relief, shown as if its sinuous body passes through the jade; instead, the back is filled with incised spirals in low relief, joined in groups of two and arranged in a regular pattern framed by a border of triangles filled with diagonally incised lines. The top side is pierced with a hole and the jade is translucent pale yellow with brown markings. The sculptural quality of the dragon in relief and its writhing body recalls the similar treatment of the motifs seen on jades from the 2nd century tomb of King Zhao Mo of Nanyue, excavated in Guangzhou. The pattern of linked scrolls is seen on a disc and on a scabbard slide from the same tomb. Similar dragons carved in high relief can also be found on a scabbard chape and slide from the Hotung collection, published in J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, nos.21:9 and 21:15.

Expertise: Wolfmar Zacken & Filippo Salviati
From a canadian collection
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