SPIRAL HORNED DRAGON WITH A YOUNG COUNTERPART TO THE FAMOUS DRAGON AMULET AT THE MUSÉE GUIMET

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Auction date:28.04.2017   15:00
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Lot 63SPIRAL HORNED DRAGON WITH A YOUNG COUNTERPART TO THE FAMOUS DRAGON AMULET AT THE MUSÉE GUIMET
SPIRAL HORNED DRAGON WITH A YOUNG COUNTERPART TO THE FAMOUS DRAGON AMULET AT THE MUSÉE GUIMET
Jade
China
Eastern Zhou, 5th Century. Before
LENGTH 15.4 CM, THICKNESS 5 MM
玉龍(跟吉美國立亞洲藝術博物館藏有名的玉龍護身符成一對)。中國,東周代,春秋時期,公元前5世紀。長15.4厘米,厚約0.5厘米。維也納私人舊藏。

This fantastic crafted dragon has his famous larger counterpart in the Musée Guimet, Paris (L 23 cm). The body of the dragon is repeatedly twisted, and the rear section of a real S and ends in a Volute. The dragon's head has executed a amboßförmigen the lower jaw and a large, arching projecting Horn, the one leg he has, is almost the same as the Horn. Probably the one-legged archaic dragon form of Kuilong. At the rear end a little more snake-like creature, possibly a dragon's young. On the back of the dragon high-quality approaches - a ring-shaped oval piece is embedded between two arching. All of these details are as well executed and as in the below-mentioned examples, in well-known museums. On both sides of the fl ache dragon's body, the edge of which is slightly high standing, with small clouds spirals, the Wowen is called “swirl pattern” -. On the decorative Ring, the Relief shows the greatest concentration lying in C with volute Ends. The color of this rare Jade is a very light grey-Green, due to the aging areas, as well as reddish brown and white. Very good, complete condition.

A very similar pair of Dragons fi can be found in the Jadensammlung of the Museum Guimet in Paris. And one of these on the cover of the catalogue of the exhibition “Arte Cinese”, which was held in 1954 at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice.

This Jade is published in the book of FILIPPO SALVIATI: “THE MYSTERIOUS STONE: Chinese Jades from the Neolithic to the Han in private collections” (publication date spring 2017).

Notes by Prof. Salviati: This ornament is carved in the shape of a dragon with a sinuous body accompanied by a curling snake carved near the tail that resembles a stylized bird head with a long crest. A ring, held by two small protrusions which probably stand for shortened wings, is placed between the two central bends of the body that is entirely decorated with raised curls, while that of the snake is engraved with a scale-like pattern. Instead, the protruding crest of the dragon is marked by three bands with slightly raised ridges, as the other appendages that emerge from the dragon's body. Openwork dragons, snakes and birds, occasionally holding ring, were carved within the cultural sphere of the Chu state in southern China, to which this finely executed jade can be safely attributed. The closest comparable example is offered by a pair of twin dragon-shaped counterparts in the Musée Guimet, Paris (length 23 cm), which were sliced from the same block of jade and carved identically. Similarly to this lot, the Guimet dragons are also represented as holding a ring, and their bodies are bent in the same manner with a snake carved at one extremity: a difference though is represented by the fact that the crest of the Guimet dragons are shaped as a bird's head, and not their tails. One of the Guimet dragons what is exhibited in 1954 in the Ducal Palace of Venice on the occasion of an exhibition of Chinese art. The dragon is also featured on the jacket of the accompanying exhibition catalogue, Arte Cinese, and illustrated in plate X under no.195. The pair of dragons in the Musée Guimet was published for the first time by H. Hansford, Chinese Carved Jades, London, 1968, pl.45 and has, therefore, been reproduced in J. Ayers and J. Rawson, Chinese Jades throughout the Ages, London, 1975, no.115.

Expertise: Wolfmar Zacken & Filippo Salviati
From a Viennese collection
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1070 Wien
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