The oval pendant is skilfully carved to one side with a pair of coiled archaistic chilong dragons facing each other, with the reverse detailed with scrolling patterns surrounded by a beaded edge. The stone has a soft creamy beige tone, contrasted against areas of brownish-honey tones which are utilised to highlight the bodies of the dragons.
2 in. (5.1 cm.) long
Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
Christie's South Kensington, 17 July 1997, lot 75
The Mrs Elizabeth Attridge (1934-2018) Collection
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Also known as the 'chicken heart' pendant, the shape of the current lot can be seen as one of the classic known forms of Chinese archaic jade, which were later imitated throughout the centuries.