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A PARTLY CALCIFIED GREENISH-WHITE JADE SCABBARD SLIDE, WEI
EASTERN HAN DYNASTY
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
304
A PARTLY CALCIFIED GREENISH-WHITE JADE SCABBARD SLIDE, WEI
EASTERN HAN DYNASTY
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A PARTLY CALCIFIED GREENISH-WHITE JADE SCABBARD SLIDE, WEI
EASTERN HAN DYNASTY
carved to the top in high relief with a large sinuous chihulong accompanied by its young clambering on the edge, the stone of a pale celadon colour with calcified areas
7.3 cm, 2 7/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

This white jade object is lustrous in its quality and in part marked by chicken-bone white calcification. It has a smooth polish and the lustre of glass. A crouching hornless chihulong design is carved in high relief twists and turns on the slide surface, the details of the mythical beast is engraved in intaglio to concise and smooth effect. A little hornless chihulong squirms out from the left side of the slide, directly facing the other hornless beast. This typical style of paired hornless chihulong was popular during the Eastern Han. Both projecting edges are bent slightly downward, and at bottom the slide is suffused with brown colour.

According to Xu Shen’s Shuowen jiezi [Explaining Graphs and Analyzing Characters], “A scabbard slide is the jade piece at the nose of the scabbard”. “Nose of the scabbard” refers to the hollow part on the sword sheath through which a hanging band runs, so “jade scabbard slide” refers to the jade fastener attached to the scabbard. Such a way to suspend swords with jade scabbard slides was very popular during the Eastern Zhou and Western and Eastern Han.

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