WHITE KUILONG DRAGON AS AMULET

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Auction date:28.04.2017   15:00
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Lot 60WHITE KUILONG DRAGON AS AMULET
WHITE KUILONG DRAGON AS AMULET
Jade
China
Eastern Zhou, 5th Century. before
WIDTH 10,5 CM, THICKNESS 3 MM
夔龍形玉雕護身符。中國,東周代,公元前5世紀。寬10.5厘米,厚約0.3厘米。維也納私人舊藏。

Indicative of this older time, the more burly, less scattered appearance. Here is the dragon embodies the rustic strength of his nature, and conveys an almost elemental presence. The rather small head, brawny, the lower jaw amboßförmig. The body is twisted to a horizontal S, with several approaches of volutes and with only one leg. The one-legged archaic dragon form is referred to as a Kuilong. Particularly powerful in the spitz is executed ending the tail, nearly equal to a resolution. Very good compact unity of these is Jade, a playful, finely-grained line of decorative, but sparingly applied. The patterns are arches, spirals, some small fields have grid.

Notes by Prof. Salviati: This ornament is carved in openwork in the shape of a dragon with a compressed s-shaped body whose head is turned towards the wide, curled tail. Further curls emerge from the body of the dragon which is embellished with spirals carved with thin incised lines in low relief. The jade is translucent and pale yellow, with earth encrustations, especially along the sides of the hollowed-out areas: when the light filters through the jade, the dust within the engraved lines highlights the delicately incised patterns, making them appear as if they are almost painted on the surface (see photos with details of the jade). Stylistically, the jade can be compared to a carving representing a winged dragon in the Harvard Art Museum collection, acc. no.1943.50.344: http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collections/object/205050?position=0 A somewhat comparable carving, but later in date, has been brought to light in 1991 from a Han tomb at Sanjiaowei, Tianchang city, Anhui province, it is reproduced in Yangzhou Museum, Han Guangling guo yuqi 汉廣陵國玉器 (Jade Wares of Guangling, Han Dynasty), Wenwu Chubanshe, Beijing, 2003, p. 77. The excavated jade is shaped as a dragon with a compressed, s-shaped body decorated with incised scrolls and volutes: the head has feline features and the tail is cut as in the present example.

Expertise: Wolfmar Zacken & Filippo Salviati
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