A rare archaic jade dragon Late Shang Dynasty

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A rare archaic jade dragon
Late Shang Dynasty

Sold for HK$ 1,025,000 (US$ 130,577) inc. premium
A rare archaic jade dragon
Late Shang Dynasty
Carved in the form of a circular coiled dragon with its tail curving towards the head, the horns and eyes subtly carved in relief, the body incised with double-line scrolls, the top with a pierced hole, the stone of a buff tone with traces of cinnabar. 3.6cm (1 1/2in) wide

Footnotes

  • 商晚期 玉龍

    Compare with a similar jade dragon, Shang dynasty, similarly carved with protruding eyes and double-line scrolls, illustrated in Compendium of Collection in the Palace Museum: Jade 2 Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties, Beijing, 2011, pl.122.

    玉龍玉質呈牙黃色,留硃砂痕跡。龍體捲曲,龍首與尾銜接,呈環形,兩角豎起,眼珠微凸,龍身雙鉤線刻紋飾,線條流暢,形制規整。類似的商代玉龍,北京故宮博物院藏一例,參考《故宮博物院藏品大系:玉器編2夏商周》,北京,2011年,圖版122。
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