Painted lacquer jade ware, also known as jade lacquerware, is a jade ware that is decorated with lacquer and mineral pigments on the surface of the finished jade after carving.
It is extremely rare. The manufacturing process of jade carving itself has been very complicated, and the difficulty of painting with lacquer can be imagined.
This pendant is in the shape of a tiger that is typical of the Shang Dynasty. The tiger is in a prone position, with its front paws raised, “臣” shaped eyes, mushroom shaped ears, and serrated teeth in its mouth.
The material is white jade (according to the visible part under the peeling paint) , The outer layer is covered with black lacquer and bordered with ochre mineral pigments. The tiger is engraved with inscriptions on both sides of the body and tail, 17 character on each side. The inscriptions are pre-engraved on the surface of the jade and then filled with bright yellow mineral pigments.
This lacquered painted jade tiger is well preserved, with bright colors and standard shape. It is an extremely rare representative work of ancient painted jade.