This lovely Jadeite Pi is carved with a split tail Hydra Dragon.
The Jadeite is a beautiful icy green color with some nice translucency in the Jade. There is a realistic three dimensional quality to the carving of the hydra dragon and the texture of the jadeite is superb.
Tight crystallization and translucent areas where the light can pass through the jade and accentuate the delicacy of the carving as well as a very unusual color in the Jade are what make this piece so unique.
The Jade is all natural with no added coloration or stabilizers of any kind. A truly rare older piece with some very nice attributes.
The Hydra dragon is so beautifully carved that you can instantly see the difference between modern carving today, and the delicacy of a piece that was carved by a master of the craft.
The Pi measures 33 mm long or 1 1/3 inches long by 28 mm and just over 1 inch wide. The thickness of the jade varies from 6 mm at the thickest area near the body of the Dragon to a mere 2 mm at the center hole of the Pi.
This Piece dates in execution from the Early Republic Era in China. It is dated at about 1915 to 1920. The Carving is a combination of hand tools and wheel usage applying both hand cutting and polishing and a foot powered lap wheel for polishing the piece.
It was crafted over weeks, by one skilled artist.
There is a small Lingzhi Fungus on the reverse side, near the hole at the top as an accent. The Hydra Dragon is delicately carved and he drapes himself over the Pi and is grasping the Pi in an embrace.
When you hold this piece you immediately observe the way that it fits so nicely into the palm of your hand. There is a carved hole for hanging and this would make a beautiful pendant, or a cabinet collectors piece.
It comes from a very fine New England Jade Estate Collection whose owner has a brilliant collection of Jade Pi's. This piece was purchased in 1985 from another Jade collector. It dates in execution from 1915 to 1920, and you can instantly see the skill when you look at this wonderful piece.
The Photographs are all taken in Natural Sunlight so that the color is as it appears here.
Carved Jadeite Pi with Hydra Dragon, Early Republic Era China