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    Sale 12171

    Dongxi Studio- Important Chinese Jade and Hardstone Carvings from a Distinguished Private Collection

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 959

    A SMALL GREENISH-YELLOW AND BROWN JADE 'ANIMAL MASK' PENDANT

    MING-QING DYNASTY, 16TH-18TH CENTURY

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    A SMALL GREENISH-YELLOW AND BROWN JADE 'ANIMAL MASK' PENDANT
    MING-QING DYNASTY, 16TH-18TH CENTURY
    Of triangular section, the thick pendant is well carved on one side as an animal mask with scrolled brows, segmented horns curved over the ears, and a single, short horn. The back is flat and the pendant is pierced from the top to the center of the slit-like mouth at the bottom. The pale greenish-yellow stone has dark brown staining.
    1 ¼ in. (3.2 cm.) wide, box


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    This small jade animal mask may have been inspired by those of Eastern Zhou or early Han dynasty date, such as the comparably small lion mask-form fitting of yellow jade with extensive brown mottling in the British Museum illustrated by J. Rawson in Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, 1995, p. 277, no. 18:1. Unlike the present pendant, which is vertically pierced, that fitting has a central groove on the flat reverse and small perforations through the sides and the top for attachment.

    Provenance

    B. K. Wong, Hong Kong, 3 May 1994.


    Literature

    Nicole De Bisscop, Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Brussels, 1995, p. 55, no. 29.


    Exhibited

    Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Kredietbank Gallery, Brussels, 25 October - 17 December 1995; Kredietbank Luxembourg, 1 February - 13 April 1996, no. 29.