White Nephrite Jade
Length: 3 inches
Chinese Workmanship circa Eighteenth Century
This large archers thumb ring shows a Dragon encircling the piece with the body entering and emerging from the surface. This stylist device is seen in Han Dynasty jades and refined in Sung dynasty jade objects. The popular motif was emulated in the Eighteenth century. The nephrite jade material shows a virtuous soft luminosity of color. There is just a hint of reddish skin to the tail of the dragon showing the skin of the original jade boulder from which this piece was worked. The dragon is exceptionally well executed with an aliveness achieved from a subtle understanding of the subject matter. In our opinion, the subject matter, material and workmanship suggest an Eighteenth century date for this work of art.
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