c1750 Chinese Qianlong Carved Jade Dragon Shaped Bi


A fine looking Chinese Qing Dynasty, probably Qianlong, carved celadon jade Bi in the shape of a dragon.

The circular carving displays nice smooth surfaces and may be older than the 1750s. It displays evidence of having been unearthed from a burial site. The smoky appearance of one side of the jade is likely caused by chemical reaction from contact with organic matter, this can happen when the item comes from a tomb. Prior to us having it, the piece was purchased at a North Yorkshire auction in the 1950s.

Size: 5.3 x 1.5 cm (2 1/8 x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 67 g