An archaic jade 'dragon' rod Late Hongshan Culture, circa 3500-3000 BC (2)

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An archaic jade 'dragon' rod
Late Hongshan Culture, circa 3500-3000 BC

Sold for HK$ 175,000 (US$ 22,301) inc. premium
An archaic jade 'dragon' rod
Late Hongshan Culture, circa 3500-3000 BC
The top wider end carved in openwork with a stylised dragon-head with protruding eyes, above an incised crisscross border, tapering to a narrow end with a drilled hole, the stone of celadon tone with buff inclusions, box. 13.3cm (5 1/4in) long (2).

Footnotes

  • 紅山文化晚期 公元前3500-3000年 龍首玉璜

    Compare a jade dragon-head rod carved with a similar structure, Hongshan culture, illustrated by R.Keverne, ed., Jade, London, 1991, p.63, fig.24. See also a related example of a jade 'tiger' rod, Lingjiatan culture, excavated from Tomb no.15 of the Lingjiatan burial site in Anhui Province, now in the Anhui Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, illustrated by Gu Fang, The Pictorial Handbook of Ancient Chinese Jades, Beijing, 2007, p.91.

    玉璜呈長方形,璜的一端雕龍首,另一端平整鑽一圓孔,頸部陰刻交叉格紋。參考一件紅山文化龍首玉璜,其造型結構與本器相類,著錄於R. Keverne,《Jade》,倫敦,1991年,頁63,圖24。另對比一件凌家灘文化虎首玉璜,出土於安徽省凌家灘遺址15號墓,現藏於安徽省文物考古研究所,見古方,《中國古玉器圖典》,北京,2007年,頁91。
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