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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 299

    A RARE ALTERED GREY-GREEN JADE DRAGON-FORM PLAQUE

    EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, PRE-IMPERIAL QIN, XI'AN, SHAANXI PROVINCE, 7TH-6TH CENTURY BC

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    A RARE ALTERED GREY-GREEN JADE DRAGON-FORM PLAQUE
    EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, PRE-IMPERIAL QIN, XI'AN, SHAANXI PROVINCE, 7TH-6TH CENTURY BC
    The flat plaque in the shape of a highly stylized, tightly arched dragon with a thin cut-out line indicating the mouth below a notched upper edge, one side finely incised with interlocking angular scrolls and a narrow striated band separating the head and the body, with parallel lines following the shape of the sharply forward-curved tail, pierced with a small biconical hole, the grey-green stone now almost completely opaque and of mottled buff color
    3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm.) long


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    Compare the very similar example from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, sold in these rooms, 1 December 1994, lot 111. Other examples are in the collection of the Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne illustrated by A. Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, Berkeley, 1938, pl. XXXIV, no. 1; in the Winthrop Collection, Fogg Art Museum, illustrated by M. Loehr, Ancient Chinese Jades, Cambridge, 1975, p. 415, no. 600; and in the Pope-Hennessey Collection, illustrated by Una Pope-Hennessey, Early Chinese Jades, New York, 1923, pl. XXI: fig. 1.

    Provenance

    Frank Caro, New York, 1959.