439 Winged Dragon
Greenish brown and cream-colored, partly calcified and rather opaque jade with a highly polished glossy surface. The shape of the body and the way it terminates in a pointed hook resemble Nos. 441 and 442, but here the limbs are not worked out in such studied contortions. The pointed hook motif recurs throughout—at the lower jaw, the short “mane,” the clawed foot, the tip of the wing—producing a harmonious and unified whole. The wing cutting obliquely across the body is a feature reminiscent of the dragon-and-bird pendant, No. 427:“468”:https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collections/object/204746?position=0, and the shape of the head is closer to the dragons than to the two felines described above (No. 438). Late Eastern Chou.