A New Definition of S-shape Dragon

tsWarring States S-shape Dragon Plaque,  21cm x 11cm. Carved with top grade Hetian jade, these pair of S-shape dragon plaques have main motif of dragon, on the body, there is phoenix. On the surface, there are motif of crop on one plague, and the connected cloud motif on the other. Antiquity evidences consist of diffusive markings and calcification. This kind of jade plaque has been called S dragon for a long time. The unique element for this kind of jade form is the horizontal bar at the center of the dragon body.  It is interesting to note that this particular horizontal bar is in fact to represent the cloud in the sky to further imply that the dragon is flying in the sky and fly through the cloud. (Lower left image shows the typical presentation of flying through cloud dragon.)

S龍玉佩對, L.21cm, H.11cm. S龍造型玉佩係戰國玉器之特有風格, 龍係飛翔空中穿梭于雲霧間之吉祥物, 從設計之造型上, 為了達到雲之效果, 便在龍身之間, 加上一橫向體. 本器白玉雕琢, 雙面對稱, 飾勾聯雲紋, 古玉跡象為擴散暈沁色, 鈣化及增生晶體。
Appraisal Indexes:
1. quality of jade: 9
2. rareness: 8
3. historical and cultural significance: 8
4. workmanship: 8
5. size:6
6. condition: 10

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