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Pair of Jade Plaques

Pair of Jade Plaques

475–221 BC

Part of a set. See all set records


Part 1: 22.5 x 8.9 cm (8 7/8 x 3 1/2 in.); Part 2: 20.8 x 8.7 cm (8 3/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund and the John L. Severance Fund 1991.78



This beautiful pair of late Eastern Zhou openwork jade plaques illustrate a level of creativity and technical achievement that was unequaled before or since. Taking the shape of a pair of fantastic creatures, they are at once tiger-like, rhino-like, and dragon-like. Their strong silhouettes are marked with shallow relief bands, and their subtly swelling embellished surfaces are finished to the same degree on both sides.

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