• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2389

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

    14 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 42

    A RARE PALE YELLOWISH-GREEN JADE BANGLE

    LATE NEOLITHIC/EARLY SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1600 BC, SOUTHEAST CHINA

    Price Realised  

    A RARE PALE YELLOWISH-GREEN JADE BANGLE
    LATE NEOLITHIC/EARLY SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1600 BC, SOUTHEAST CHINA
    Carved in low relief with five sets of paired bands centered by horizontal C-scrolls which face towards the edges, the pairs all reserved on the plain ground, the semi-translucent stone with areas of opaque ivory alteration
    2¾ in. (7 cm.) diam.


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    A very similar jade bangle in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is illustrated by J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, 1995, p. 42, fig. 28, where it is dated neolithic or Shang period, c. 2000-1500 BC and attributed to southern China. The author suggests that the link scroll design may have been derived from face patterns on Liangzhu culture cong and that similar decoration appears on jades at Jiangxi Xin'gan Dayangzhou. Another similar, but more thinly carved, greenish-yellow jade bangle dated to the Shang dynasty is illustrated by Bo Zhongmo in Guyu Jingying (The Art of Jade Carving in Ancient China), Taiwan, 1989-90, p. 59, fig. 18 (right).

    Provenance

    C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
    Frank Caro, New York, 1964.