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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 293

    THREE SMALL JADE ANIMAL PENDANTS

    LATE SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200-1100 BC

    Price Realised  

    THREE SMALL JADE ANIMAL PENDANTS
    LATE SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200-1100 BC
    Including a thick altered grey-green jade figure of a reclining bottle horn dragon of irregular outline, the body with one bent leg tapering from the large head to the pierced, coiled tip of the tail, with a bullnose perforation through the mouth, the underside flat; an opaque grey-green jade figure of a reclining buffalo, the features of the head and body simply delineated and the underside flat, with bullnose perforation through the mouth; and a thin plaque cut out and carved on both sides as a crouching bottle horn dragon with large head, the thickness of the plaque tapering towards the lower edge, with conical holes in the mouth and coiled tail, the grey-green stone almost completely opaque and of buff color, with traces of cinnabar
    2¼, 1 5/8 and 2¼ in. (5.7, 4.1 and 5.7 cm.) long (3)


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    Provenance

    Bottle horn dragon: Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
    Buffalo: Chang Nai-chi Collection.
    C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
    Frank Caro, New York, 1958.
    Bottle horn dragon plaque: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.


    Exhibited

    Bottle horn dragon plaque and buffalo: An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades, C.T. Loo & Co. at Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, February 1950, pl. X (7) and pl. XXX (3) respectively. Bottle horn dragon plaque: Selections of Chinese Art, China Institute in America, New York, November 1966 - February 1967, pp. 14-5, no. 7.