Dragon pendant 玉龙 - ROM2005_3474_1


Dragon pendant 玉龙

Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: Reportedly from Jincun, Luoyang, Henan province, China
Date: 481-211 BC
Period: Eastern Zhou period Warring States period
3.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 cm
Object number: 931.13.18
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionReportedly recovered from Luoyang Jincun tomb, this is one of the best samples of East Zhou pendants, as possibly attached to the garment of royal members. It is made on mottled green, brown, gold and cream jade, only faintly translucent at thinnest extremities. It exhibits fine low polish on slightly uneven slice of jade, as less thick at front leg and tail than at centre. The pendant is carved in outline of dragon in form of a crouching feline with a concave border at neck and back, whereas it curves into slightly up-turning tail. Lightly rounded flanks are incised with finest scallops, curls, cross-hatched and striated designs and "scale" motifs. Claws form open rings and small conical perforation is in rise of back. 玉质青灰色,半透明,有絮状纹理、土沁。整体扁平,蟠曲龙形。龙昂首,弓背,两足向前弯曲,尾尖上卷。龙体两面阴刻网格纹、扭丝纹、云纹等,背部一穿,双面对钻而成。通体打磨光润,尾尖残(古方)
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