the highly-polished white oval stone carved in the round with a striding dragon amid clouds, the top of the body with some russet streaks, the underside slightly concave pierced with three pairs of aperatures for attachment
The present piece is an example of the level of jade carving attained by the Yuan dynasty, as seen in the intricate openwork and details of the dragon. Compare a related example, but of larger proportions and catalogued as a headdress ornament, in the British Museum, London, illustrated in Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 25:15; and a finial sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3rd December 2008, lot 2617.
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