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Title

Rectangular ornament


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Other Title

Rectangular bead ornamented with dragon motif


Place where the work was made

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

359.2007



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history