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A HAN-STYLE PALE CELADON JADE ‘COILED CHILONG’ OPENWORK DISC
SONG – MING DYNASTY
Estimate
90,000120,000
JUMP TO LOT
571
A HAN-STYLE PALE CELADON JADE ‘COILED CHILONG’ OPENWORK DISC
SONG – MING DYNASTY
Estimate
90,000120,000
JUMP TO LOT

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A HAN-STYLE PALE CELADON JADE ‘COILED CHILONG’ OPENWORK DISC
SONG – MING DYNASTY
deftly carved in openwork in the form of a large chilong coiling to form a disc, a smaller chilong clambering on its back, the translucent stone of pale yellowish-celadon colour mottled with a lightly calcified cloud inclusion
7.5 cm, 3 in.
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Catalogue Note

The form of this piece recalls the mysterious Neolithic bi forms unearthed in excavations from at least the Song dynasty. The discs are said to represent the heavens and are endowed with profound cosmological significance. The chimerical and enigmatic kui dragons reference the motifs found on archaic pieces. For the prototype to this disc attributed to the Eastern Han dynasty, similarly carved with coiled dragons in an inner and outer ring, see one illustrated in Zhonguo yuqi quanji, vol. 4, Shijiazhuang, 1993, pl. 250.

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