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    Sale 2388

    Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman Part II

    27 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1597

    A JADE CARVING OF A HUMAN FIGURE

    Price Realised  

    A JADE CARVING OF A HUMAN FIGURE
    PROBABLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH-8TH CENTURY BC

    Carved in low relief with an elongated body and knees raised in a fetal position, the quadrangular head with pointed chin and pronounced nose, the small eyes below large curvilinear eyebrows, the body incised with scrolling double lines forming the arms and legs of the figure, the figure descending into a tail-like flange protruding from the body, the stone of ochre tone with darker brown patches towards the head
    4¾ in. (12.1 cm.) high, stand


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    In the introduction to the exhibition Chinese Jades from the Mu-Fei Collection, Bluett & Sons, London, 1990, Catalogue, Wu Hung speculates that the protrusion emerging at the base of similar figures of this period may indicate that they would originally have been erected on wooden stands as icons for religious usage. This idea is re-enforced by the absence of apertures to form a pendant on this figure.

    Literature

    Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 6


    Exhibited

    Christie's New York, 13-26 March 2001 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003 - December 2004