Ming dynasty The square frame enclosing a centralised dragon with carefully incised scales against a heavily reticulated ground filled with intense floral sprays, intertwined branches and leafy sprays, the translucent matrix of fairly even milky white hue with minimal natural fissure lines along the extremities. 5.6cm high.
The nature of the decorative theme of the present lot has their preceding prototypes originating from the Yuan dynasty. See a comparable square white jade dragon plague in the British Museum collection, illustrated by Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jades from the Neolithic to the Qing, Chicago, 1995, p. 341, no. 25:21.
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