Jade, H: 2 5/8 in. W: 3 3/8 in. Th: 3/8 in.
This impressive engraved pendant depicts one of the most recognizable and representational figures found on some Liangzhu objects. A shaman, or perhaps a deity (but certainly someone powerful), adorned with a feathered headdress is depicted atop a large beast. The human-like figure's headdress and body are elaborately embellished, while its face is left stark and simply carved with eyes, nose, and gritted teeth. The beast is represented only by its large head with wide eyes, flared nostrils, and teeth that appear on the underside of the pendant. Both the human-like figure and his beast are carved in raised relief as a foreground onto a semi-triangular shaped pendant, with a background of stylized swirling clouds. The back of the pendant is unworked with the exception of the bullnose perforation used to affix the pendant. The stone is bone white with red inclusions throughout. The pendant is in very fine condition and DOES NOT come with a display base.