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An image of Rectangular ornament by

China

Title
Rectangular ornament
Other titles:
Rectangular bead ornamented with dragon motif
Place of origin
China
Period
Han dynasty 206 BCE - 220 CE → China
Media category
Jade
Materials used
jade
Dimensions

6.6 x 2.1 x 1.1 cm

Credit
Gift of Mary and Henry Fung 2007
Accession number
359.2007
Location
Not on display
Further information

This rectangular ornament is carved on one side with a pair of vigorous feline-faced 'chi' dragons. The beasts writhe about, forming a graceful 'S'. The feline-faced creatures with tails that look like twisted bands are characteristic features of late-Han jade. The 'chi' dragon is defined as a 'young dragon of yellow colour' in the first Chinese dictionary, 'Shuo Wen Jie Zi' compiled in the 2nd century CE. This beast also appears on other jade ornaments such as small discs. Some scholars suggest a lizard, such as a gekko, may have been its inspiration.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Exhibition history (1)

Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012