Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Period: Eastern Zhou.
Date: Possibly Spring and Autumn period.
Medium: Nephrite jade.
Colour: Yellow.
Dimensions: L. 12.8 cm.; W. 9.5 cm.; H. 6 cm.

The entire surface of the box and lid is decorated with dragons and spiraling cloud patterns.  The lid has a loop with a loose ring through it.  Each corner of the box is supported by a phoenix standing on a ring, with wings spread.

The surface of the jade is altered, showing patches of dissolution and encrustation, particular on the bottom and inside surfaces.