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    Sale 7621

    A Private English Collection of White Jade Carvings & Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    4 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 114

    A FOUR-SEGMENT JADE DISC, YUAN

    NORTH WEST CHINA, SHANG OR WESTERN ZHOU PERIOD, CIRCA 1500-1000 BC

    Price Realised  

    A FOUR-SEGMENT JADE DISC, YUAN
    NORTH WEST CHINA, SHANG OR WESTERN ZHOU PERIOD, CIRCA 1500-1000 BC
    The thinly polished segments cut from one single disc, each drilled with two holes from one side, the jade of semi-translucent greyish-green tone with opaque buff alteration
    Each segment 3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) long, box


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    Although segmented discs are commonly found in both Shang and Western Zhou tombs, they are normally in sets of two or three, rarely in four. A single arc excavated from the tomb of Fuhao is clearly a quarter of a disc (see Tomb of Lady Hao at Yinxu in Anyang, Cultural Relics Publishing House, Beijing, 1980, pl. 97, no.1027.) A set of four-segmented disc decorated with scrolls dated to Early Eastern Zhou is in the Winthrop Collection, illustrated by Loehr in Ancient Chinese Jades, Harvard University, Massachusetts, 1975, no. 349, p. 235. Some of these discs are clearly of Neolithic origin that have been handed down. It is unsure what their function or purposes were.

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    Provenance

    Baron and Baroness von Oertzen Collection


    Literature

    S. Howard Hansford, Jade - Essence of Hills and Streams, Johannesburg, 1969, no. A12, p. 35