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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 907

    AN ALTERED JADE BEAD NECKLACE

    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHWEST CHINA, LIANGZHU CULTURE, CIRCA 2500 BC

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    AN ALTERED JADE BEAD NECKLACE
    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHWEST CHINA, LIANGZHU CULTURE, CIRCA 2500 BC
    The necklace is comprised of fifty-one small beads, three medium-sized beads, an oval bead and a large bead carved on one side with a human mask formed by a defined jaw line, simple, raised linear lips, somewhat triangular nose, and incised eyes below a brow line, all flanked by large ears. All of the beads have opaque, ivory-colored alteration, and some beads still exhibit some of the original greyish-green color of the stone.
    Approx. 13 ¾ in. (35 cm.) long overall, box


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    An altered jade bead similarly carved on one side with a human face is illustrated by J. F. So in Chinese Jade from the Cissy and Robert Tang Collection, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2015, p. 48, no. 4b, where it is shown as the central bead of a jade bead necklace, and again in detail, p. 50.

    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. 42, no. 10.


    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. 10.