The present lot is outstanding for its strikingly intricate design and exceedingly high quality of worksmanship, which make it a particularly rare example of this form. Compare a jade huang, incised with a very similar although less intricate design, from the early Spring and Autumn period, excavated from the Huang Junmeng tomb in Baoxiang Temple, Guangshan county, Henan province, in 1983, published in Yang Boda, ed., Zhongguo meishu quanji yuqi [Complete series on Chinese art. Jades], vol. 9, Beijing, 1997, pl. 95.
Related jade slit discs are more commonly decorated in simpler designs. See for example, one from the mid Spring and Autumn period, carved to one side with C-scrolls, and the other side undecorated, unearthed from a tomb in Zhechuan county, Henan province in 1978, illustrated in Yang Boda, Zhongguo yuqi quanji [Complete collection of Chinese jades], vol. 1, Shijiazhuang, 2005, no. 24; a pair decorated with S-scrolls and commas, formerly in the collection of A.W. Bahr and Arthur M. Sackler, now in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, acc. no. S1987.497-498; and another pair carved with an abstract dragon design, in the Kwan Collection, exhibited in Chinese Archaic Jades from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1994, cat. no. 145.