We were originally mystified as to the function of this lovely small piece. Decorated with a dragon and phoenix around a center hole, the reverse has a kind of gutter into which a thumb rests beautifully. However, an almost identical piece was exhibited and illustrated in the 1977 Minneapolis Institute of Art "Chinese Jades, Archaic and Modern" catalog and described as a "Pendant in the Form of an Archer's Thumb Ring" from the Han Dynasty. Please see photos for image and description of the exhibited piece. Our pendant was purchased in China in 1920 by a railway employee and designated as "excavated", we are nevertheless offering this as an "archaistic" piece, at earliest 18th century.
Condition: some damage to the top (please see photo) otherwise nice antique condition with genuine wear.
Size: approx 7 x 5 cms.
Please email with any questions, and please check out our other jade and hardstone items from the same collection on sale this month. Thanks for visiting!
Texas buyers please note that sales tax will be collected either by Ruby Lane or by us.
Antique Archaistic Chinese Green Jade Dragon Phoenix Pendant