Chinese jade openwork double buckle joined by a ring, carved on each section with a chilong dragon amongst ruyi-head scrolls, one dragon with a single horn, the other with a flowing mane, each with a ridged spine, bifid tail and hairwork to the edges of the legs, the central ring with a high relief chilong dragon roundel, the stone white with russet markings.
3 1⁄8 inches, 8 cm long.
Yuan/Ming dynasty, 14th/15th century.
•A similar piece, dated to the Yuan Dynasty, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated by Roger Keverne in Jade, fig. 14, p. 134; another, also dated to the Yuan Dynasty, is illustrated by Yang Boda in Zhong Guo Yu Qi Quanji, ‘Collection of Chinese Jade’, Vol. 5, no. 171, p. 113; another example from the Qing Dynasty, with dragon and phoenix, is illustrated by Zhao Gui Ling in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum, Jade, Vol. 9, Qing Dynasty, Gu Gong Inventory no. Xin 176285, no. 216, p. 214.
•A double belt buckle with two chilong dragons, dated to the Ming Dynasty, in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, is illustrated by James C. S. Lin in The Immortal Stone, Chinese Jades from the Neolithic Period to the Twentieth Century, no. 69a & b, pp. 76/7.