A Chinese yellow and russet jade chilong and bat pendant Warring States/Han Dynasty
Carved as a sinuous chilong, its body coiled with hind legs tucked in, supporting a bat on its hind quarters, the pale greenish-yellow stone suffused with russet inclusions. 5cm high PROVENANCE: Private Indian collector, acquired prior to 1960, thence by descent to the vendor. FOOTNOTE: The chilong or 'demon dragon' is a type of hornless beast with long sinuous body, often represented in jade items including pendants, belt hooks and bi discs. Bats symbolise fortune and are also found in the same period as the present lot adorning bronze mirrors and garment hooks. A similarly coiled dragon pendant of the late Zhou period can be found in the collection of the Museo Nazionale Orientale, Rome.