427 Configuration of Dragon, Bird, and Snake
Highly polished, translucent, brown and honey-colored jade. The incised designs are nearly the same on each side. The dragon’s head is distinguished from the preceding types by the axe-shaped silhouette of the lower jaw. There are no appendages except a long foot and claw in front—if these geometric and ornamental shapes may be described in organic terms. The dragon’s body is covered with the smooth surface and sparingly engraved patterns on the bird figure at the end. The bird is provided with a crest, strong beak, short, straight wings, and a curved tail that juts out over the dragon’s body. He holds a curled snake in his beak. Two perforations at the bottom center. On the edge below these perforations is an incised inscription of three characters: “middle, forty-three.” Late Eastern Chou.