A jade plaque of this type, but the surface also carved with raised bosses, was excavated from the tomb believed to belong to Zhao Mo, who ruled from 137-122 BC, during the Western Han dynasty (206 BC – AD 9), as King of Nanyue in the far south and buried at Xianggang, Guangzhou, Guangdong province; see Zhongguo chutu yuqi quanji/The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China, Beijing, 2005, vol. 11, pls 81 and 123; and a pair plaques described as depicting tigers, with archaistic dragons carved on their haunches, in the Cleveland Museum of Art, published in J. Keith Wilson, ‘A Pair of Chinese Jade Plaques’, The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 80, no. 4 (April 1993), pp. 127-30, and illustrated on the cover and in fig. 1. See also a much larger and more intricately carved plaque, incised on the edge with a two-character inscription, from the collection of Charles Vignier, sold in these rooms, 3rd April 2019, lot 3620; a pair, from the Winthrop collection in the Harvard Art Museum, illustrated op.cit., pl. 26C; and another pair, reputedly from Jincun, Luoyang, Henan province, in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., included in the exhibition Chinese Art of the Warring States Period. Change and Continuity, 480-222 B.C., Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1982, cat. no. 96.
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