A JADE ‘DRAGON’ PENDANT, JUE
EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
The pendant is carved in the shape of a coiled dragon with fangs, circular eyes, a long tail, and detailed with stylised scrolls on the body.
1 3/4 in. (4.3 cm.) wide, boxLot essay
It is extremely rare to find a jade jue
of this thickness and with such crisp and lively carving. A closely related example was excavated in a tomb belonging to a nobleman in Guo State, one of the smaller states founded at the beginning of the Western Zhou dynasty, currently exhibited at the Guo State Museum in Sanmenxia, Henan province.Cataloguing & details
Acquired from Chang Wei-Hwa & Company, Taipei, prior to 1999