Posted By: Cedric Sun, Jan 01, 2023 IP: 126.96.36.199
I am new to this forum, so 1st things 1st: hello & Happy New Year!
I have recently bought this coiled dragon (which I like a lot) for an entirely reasonable price - even for a fake, which it probably is! And yes, I believe it is nephrite, certainly not soapstone or something equally soft.
As you may have guessed, I have huge doubts about the piece. Nonetheless, what surprises me is (a) that a faker, if he/she wanted to produce a C-shaped Hongshan dragon, would go through the enormous work of grinding the myriad of fine, raised lines (b) just to produce something entirely non-canonical, which must immediately raise suspicions.
I would be very grateful for all thoughts/comments/leads for further study that you may have!