Jade Belt Plaques with Double-layer Openwork Dragons and Clouds

Yangzhou Museum

Yangzhou Museum

Unearthed in Yinhu village, Yangmiao town, Hanjiang county of Yangzhou city in 1968, this set of jade belt plaques with crystal, lustrous high-quality jade and meticulous-done multi-layer openwork carving are of the top grade in this category of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 AD). This set of 17 pieces, in shapes of rectangles, peaches, fishtails, etc., are all decorated with double-layer openwork carvings, with 15 featuring main patterns of dragons and clouds, among which scatter phoenix and cloud-shaped botanic motifs, while the other two showing phoenix patterns. The dragons on these pieces have long, slim figures and ball-shaped claws, with ruyi-shaped clouds above the dragon heads, which are distinctive features of dragons and accompanying patterns around the period of Emperor Jiajing’s reign (1522-1566 AD) of the Ming dynasty.

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  • Title: Jade Belt Plaques with Double-layer Openwork Dragons and Clouds
  • Provenance: Yangzhou Museum
  • Physical Size: Length: 5.3-13.1 cm, width: 2-5.6 cm, thickness: 0.7-0.8 cm
  • Dynasty: Ming (1368 - 1644)


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