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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 271

    A RARE LARGE ALTERED JADE TAOTIE MASK PENDANT

    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG PHASE, CIRCA 1200-1100 BC

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    A RARE LARGE ALTERED JADE TAOTIE MASK PENDANT
    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG PHASE, CIRCA 1200-1100 BC
    Of shield shape, one side carved in double lines with a cicada-like body in the triangular lower section below a nose, eyes and brows flanked by ears, all below an irregular conical hole positioned below a chevron crest flanked by the pair of horns, the reverse similarly carved in single lines except for the eyes, the stone now opaque and of dark ivory color; together with a small altered jade ge, Shang dynasty, the blade tapering towards the edges, the tang with a conical hole, the opaque stone of buff color
    3¾ and 5 3/16 in. (9.5 and 13.3 cm.) long (2)


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    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1966.