Chape for sword scabbard - ROM2005_3830_1


Chape for sword scabbard

Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: China
Date: 3rd century BC - 3rd century AD
Period: Western Han Dynasty
3.5 x 6.3 x 3.1 cm
Object number: 992.25.5
Credit Line: Dr. Herman Herzog Levy Bequest Fund
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionMade on yellowish-green jade clouded with brown and amber, this sword scabbard chape is in stepped low trapezoid, coinciding with downswing of reverse-S-curved chilong or known as young dragon in Chinese tradition literature. The creature carved in some low relief has ears, four legs, and fluted tail passing under hindquarters. Confronting chilong is a small creature, perhaps its young, in simpler low-round relief. Reverse face is decorated with abstract but fine design of interlocked Ts, with sparse and finely-graven linear detail. Scabbard edges are plain, but drilled with three neat holes for projections from scabbard. 玉质黄褐色,半透明,有白色沁痕。整体呈倒梯形,表面碾琢谷纹、扭丝纹,高浮雕一螭虎,身体蟠曲矫健。底部有三个穿孔。通体打磨光润。
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