Subject:Re: Hongshan Jade Artifacts
Posted By: Jac Tue, Aug 05, 2014
What I see from the single photo is the upside down image of two C shaped dragons, joined at the mouth and tail, suggesting that this pair of ancient dragons are kissing and perhaps mating. Not sure adult or baby couples, as I do not know the size.
One archaic jade collector with 15 years experience said that there are no female dragons, only male. If this is true, what you have is a pair of kissing/mating male dragons, which I believed would not be acceptable to an ancient Hongshan Culture tribe, as a totem that they worship.
I believed the ancient Hongshan Culture tribes have, during their time, shaped two type of C shaped dragons with subtle differences. The female C shaped dragon has 3 raised ridges or semi circular rings on the bottom of its jaw. The male C shaped dragon has rhombic lattice pattern on its jaw/forehead.
There is another type of C shaped dragon, without ridges or mesh lines on its head, which I believed exist during the Hongshan Culture period, for which I have no answer, whether male, female or genderless.
As I do not believe kissing/mating C shaped dragons were ever created as a tribal totem for the ancient Hongshan Culture tribes, this artifact is a fantasy piece, to my eyes.
Aside from the shape/style which I believed is incorrect, the material and appearance of the surface of this artifact based on the image provided does not justify further investigation to determine its authenticity.
My short answer - fantasy/fake Hongshan Culture artifact.
I am an expert at nothing. Just a jade/stone collector with some experience in collecting Hongshan Culture jades in the 1990s. If you ask me for my view, what you get is what I have learned or experienced, which may not be the truth.