A Chinese white jade peach-shaped openwork pierced belt plaque, intricately carved with an open mouth dragon in a lozenge shape frame amongst scrolls and branches, the scales of the dragon minutely incised, all within a peach-shaped flat edge border.

1 15/16 inches, 5 cm wide.

Wanli, 1573- 1619.

Wood stand.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From an American private collection.
  • A complete belt consisting of nineteen plaques of which six are very similar to the above piece, in the Qing Court collection is illustrated by Zhou Nan-quan in Jadeware (II) – The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Vol. 41, no. 166, pp. 204/5, where it is also dated to the Wanli period.


The underside edge small polished, natural inclusions.