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A rare hand carved natural nephrite jade sword fitting. Carved in a classic design popular in the Warring States period or the Eastern Zhou Dynasty. The scabbard fitting displays a connected grain pattern which adorned hand carved jades in China in this period of antiquity. If you look closely at the grain pattern you can clearly see the amazing hand work. To achieve the delicate curves of the pattern minute straight lines have been carved which then make the curves you see here. The piece displays natural suffusion in several places. This feature is extremely desirable for a period item. It has been fully tested by a gemologist to be nephrite jade using specific gravity, refractive index and microscopy. It measures 4 3/4" long 1 1/16" wide by 11/16" deep (120mm x 27mm x 18mm). In total it weighs 110 grams.

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Ming (or Earlier) Jade Sword Slide Chinese Nephrite

Estimate $10,000 - $10,800Feb 1, 2019