A grey jade rhyton Ming dynasty
Lot 244
A grey jade rhyton 17th century
Sold for £6,000 (US$ 9,841) inc. premium

Lot Details
A grey jade rhyton
17th century
Carved in the form of a hollowed horn decorated with two registers of C-scrolls parted by a narrow plain border, all emanating from the jaws of a chi-dragon, with its curled tail forming the handle opposite the high relief snout and horns, the stone of grey tone with minor russet inclusions, stand.
14cm (5½in) high. (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: a Greek private collection formed in the 1950s/60s and thence by descent.

    Jade vessels of this type appear to be based on Han Dynasty prototypes such as the jade rhyton from the tomb of the King of Nanyue, illustrated by P.Y.K.Lam, ed., Jades from the Tomb of the King of Nanyue, Hong Kong, 1991, pls.101-105. The archaic inspiration is apparent in the general form, as well as in the curled bifurcated tail and C-scroll patterns. Compare a related grey green rhyton dated as Ming Dynasty illustrated by S.C.Nott in Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, Rutland, Vermont, 1962, pl.XXXIV; and another related jade rhyton, carved with two chilong dragons, dated as Song/Ming Dynasty, sold at Christie's New York, 19 September 2007, lot 60.
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