572 Scabbard Buckle
Convex bar with the usual bracket underneath and two full-round dragon figures above. The jade is pale green and bone-colored, partly calcified and highly polished. The larger of the dragons has an angular, feline head, dog-like ears but no horn; its body, forming a double S -curve, is supported by energetically striding legs; it ends in a bifurcated, twisted tail. The smaller of the two beasts has a curious, bird-like head with aquiline beak; it has only two legs, and a bifurcated tail that coalesces with its short body. The curved-back ends resemble those of No. 569. The bottom of the bracket is stained by iron oxide. Western Han.