• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2405

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1041

    A RARE GREEN JADE ANIMAL MASK BEAD

    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, SHIJIAHE CULTURE, CIRCA 2500-2000 BC

    Price Realised  

    A RARE GREEN JADE ANIMAL MASK BEAD
    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, SHIJIAHE CULTURE, CIRCA 2500-2000 BC
    Thick-walled and carved in soft rounded relief with a tiger mask with long tapering ears, the central channel carved from both sides; together with a small olive-buff jade taotie mask pendant, late Shang/early Western Zhou dynasty, of thick, tapering wedge-shaped section, carved with a mask on one side, the plain reverse with a central channel narrowing to the top of a bullnose hole, the stone partially altered
    Both 1 1/16 in. (2.8 cm.) high (2)


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    The bead is similar to one in the Sonnenschein Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, now re-dated to early 2nd millenimum BC, and illustrated by Elinor Pearlstein, "Salmony's Catalogue of the Sonnenschein Jades in Light of Recent Finds", Orientations, June 1993, p. 51, fig. 12, where a line drawing of a similar jade from the Shijiahe culture (c. 2500-2000 BC) from Liuhu, Hubei province, is also illustrated, p. 51, fig. 11.

    Provenance

    Bead: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, acquired prior to 1977.
    Pendant: acquired prior to 1977.