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Period: Neolithic Age (ca. 8000-2000 BCE)
Date: undated
Origin: Hongshan culture
Dimensions: curved length: 60 cm, diameter: 2.2-2.4 cm

The large, curled dragon of pale green jade forms a reversed C. Its long snout with two nostrils curves slightly upward. The dragon has two olive-shaped protruding eyes and a long mane that curls slightly upward at the end. Incised lozenge patterns cover the forehead and chin. The round flat body is unadorned and has a hole on the back for threading through a cord.   
  This jade dragon with its snout protruding forward and its head tilted upward is also called the jade piggy dragon. It is a representative work of the early tribal art of the Hongshan Culture. Because of its exaggerated and unusual shape that combines both the realistic and abstract methods of expression and its simple, vigorous and bold appearance, it is believed that the object was probably the totem of a tribe.

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