• 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 48

    A SMALL PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE BIRD-FORM FINIAL/INSIGNIA

    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SMALL PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE BIRD-FORM FINIAL/INSIGNIA
    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC
    Thickly cut and tapering to a plain pointed tab, carved as a bird, probably an owl, shown in profile, the large head with pierced, hooked beak surmounted by bifurcated notched feathers in front and two feathers in back that form loops at the tips, the wings delineated by grooves and the back with chevrons, the stone with some brown alteration; together with a small greenish-yellow jade dragon-form pendant carved from a fragment, Shang dynasty, Anyang phase, carved on both sides as a bottle-horn dragon coiled around a circular opening and slit, pierced near the edge of the head
    2 1/8 and 1 3/8 in. (5.5 and 3.5 cm.) long (2)


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    Provenance

    Both: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.


    Exhibited

    Dragon pendant: Columbia University, New York, February 1965.