18 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 60,000
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
THREE RARE SMALL JADE ANIMAL-FORM PENDANTS
LATE SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 12TH-10TH CENTURY BC
Including a partially altered grey-green bird with spread wings, of concave profile, with a bullnose perforation below the tiny beak which is flanked by round eyes, with bifurcated tail, the legs and feet on the underside represented by grooved segments; a pale greyish-white tapering figure of a recumbent buffalo, with subtly beveled back and rump, the horns carved with angular scrolls, and the underside with grooved segments alluding to the folded legs, with a bullnose perforation through the mouth; a partially altered pale grey-green tapering figure of a crouching tiger, pierced through the sides of the wide, open jaws, the narrow eyes with raised outlines below slightly concave ears, with flat haunches and a slightly beveled, long curved tail, the legs and paws on the underside carved as grooved segments
1 7/16 and 2 1/16 in. (3.7 and 5.3 cm.) long (3)
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All: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
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