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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 109

    A VERY RARE YELLOWISH GREEN JADE TORTOISE

    SHANG DYNASTY (1600-1100 BC)

    Price Realised  

    A VERY RARE YELLOWISH GREEN JADE TORTOISE
    SHANG DYNASTY (1600-1100 BC)
    Modelled in the round, the animal well carved stretching its neck out of the shell, attractively rendered with bulging eyes, wrinkles on the neck, swirling patterns on the shell, as well as feet and tail, drilled with a hole in the centre, the stone of opaque yellowish-green tone
    2 in. (4.8 cm.) long, box


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    This pendant was probably used as a clasp at the fastening of a necklace. The animal is carefully executed with charmng details such as the wrinkles on the neck and the definition on the claws. A similarly carved jade tortoise, but much larger in size (5.3 cm.) and without a central aperture, is in the Palace Museum, Beijing (fig. 1).

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    Provenance

    Baron and Baroness von Oertzen Collection


    Literature

    S. Howard Hansford, Jade - Essence of Hills and Streams, Johannesburg, 1969, no. A70, p. 54