ARCHAIC AND ARCHAISTIC JADES FROM THE MICHAEL GULBENKIAN COLLECTION
A CELADON JADE 'TWIN DRAGON' PENDANT
WARRING STATES PERIOD
modelled as two intertwined dragons with long snouts and curled horns, detailed to the body on both sides with stylised 'C' scrolls and centred with a taotie mask design below a small aperture, the stone of even celadon tone with faint white highlights
Length 9.2 cm, 3⅝ in.
The pendant is in very good condition.
The actual colour is less yellow than the catalogue illustration.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
For a very similar double-dragon pendant, dated to the Eastern Zhou, see A. Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, 1982, pl. XL, no. 3; compare another example, published in W. Charles Wright, Tombs of Old Loyang, Shanghai, 1934, pl. CXXVI, no. 311.