Lot 56: Green Tone Nephrite Unicorn, Song Dynasty or Style

Stokes Auction

May 9, 2013, 1:00 PM PST
Port Orchard, WA, US
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Description: Song Dynasty or Style Green Tone Nephrite Unicorn Approximate dimensions: 9 1/2" length x 7" height x 3" width Approximate weight: 7 lbs Attached Profession Opinion states:  Object of jade Unicorn Zhi made of green tone nephrite is identified as authentic.  Inherited its form from the Shang dynasty bronze through the Warring States motifs development, the Zhi serving as tomb guardian animal was popular after the Han Dynasty.  Evidence of authenticity may be supported by differential weathering, diffusive marking, deteriorated markings, calcification, cleaving veins and dissolved pits.  Age of Object is identified as the Song Dynasty based on the degree of jade antiquity and carving style
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