TWISTED PENDANT WITH TWO DRAGON HEADS

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Auction date:28.04.2017   15:00
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Lot 61TWISTED PENDANT WITH TWO DRAGON HEADS
TWISTED PENDANT WITH TWO DRAGON HEADS
Jade
China
Eastern Zhou, 4th - 3. Century. Before
WIDTH 11.2 CM, THICKNESS UP TO 8 MM
雙龍紋玉環。中國,東周代,戰國時期,公元前4-3世紀。寬11.2厘米,厚到0.8厘米。維也納私人舊藏。

Bogiger pendant Huang, exactly a third of a circle. The body of the double-headed dragon is ribbed, the profile of the groove is not straight, but obliquely, and each of the front ends side to the start end on the opposite side. The heads of the dragons have high-twisted nose, the form of Eyelets. The mouths are closed, the eyes large and attentive, and the manes C form with turned. The jade color is a light Green, almost exactly a half of this, Huang is old age largely untouched, the other, however, strongly affected and has an opaque white color, with a reddish surface, presumably Huang has put into this area in the Lößerde. Good preservation of beauty with the age characteristics on a page.

In the publication “Radiant Stone” by Filippo Salviati in no 113 a in the style of a related piece, a pendant with a dragon's head, the body is ribbed, the Jade slightly smaller, same time.

Notes by Prof. Salviati: This ornament is carved in the shape of a huang, or arc-shaped pendant, with dragon heads at the extremities. The body is thick and slightly rounded and two holes for suspension are drilled in the nose of each animal head. The central portion of the pendant is engraved with the so-called ‘twisted rope’ pattern, made of parallel, slightly twisted grooves separated by thin ridges. The heads are minutely detailed and distinguished from the body by a long crest that is marked with parallel incisions, like the body. Half of the jade is completely altered while the rest is semi-translucent and pale green in colour. The majority of Eastern Zhou dragon-shaped jade that display the ‘twisted rope’ pattern have long, undulating bodies with a head at one extremity and a pointed tail at the other. Examples include one in the British Museum, published in J. Ayers and J. Rawson, Chinese Jades throughout the Ages, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 1975, no.127, and another in the National Museum of History, Taiwan (acc. no.89-00051), reproduced in John Johnston and Chan Lai Pik, 5,000 Years of Chinese Jade Featuring Selections from the National Museum of History, Taiwan, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, San Antonio Museum of Art, 2011, no.39. For a jade carved with two dragon heads at the extremities, see a long ‘hook’ in the Harvard Art Museum, acc. no.1943.50.453, published in Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA), 1975, no.494: http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collections/object/204774?position=0.

Expertise: Wolfmar Zacken & Filippo Salviati
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