Extremely Rare Pair of Western Zhou Jade Huang

 

Light Green Nephrite Jade with Darker Inclusions
Western Zhou Period (11th-8th Centuries BC)
Width: 11.5 cm (4.53 inches)

 

The huang (or arc-shaped pendant) form may have originally been derived from broken bi discs. Segments of disks were sometimes rejoined by perforating the two ends and stringing them together. They were also worn independently, being pierced at the top of the arc. Examples found in mid-Zhou period excavations on the dead demonstrate their usage as neck ornaments. In our opinion, this pair of huang pendants is an excellent example of Western Zhou period design and workmanship.

 

 

Reference number 2926

 

Published: Chinese Jade, The Image from Within. Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena,
California, 1986. Page 27, plate 3

Exhibited: Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, 1986

Published: Ritual and Power: Jades of Ancient China. The China Institute in America, New York, 1988. Plate 8

Exhibited: China House Gallery. The China Institute in America. New York, 1988