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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 254

    THREE SMALL JADE ANIMAL PENDANTS

    SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200-1000 BC

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    THREE SMALL JADE ANIMAL PENDANTS
    SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200-1000 BC
    Including a rare flat cut-out of an anterled stag, the stone shading from white to brown; a double-bird carving simply detailed with grooves and circular eyes in low relief, with conical hole in the center between the bent legs, the pale grey-green stone with opaque buff alteration; and a seated bear shown in profile with biconical hole for the eye, carved on both sides with slash grooves outlining the foreleg and one parallel to the back, a pendent tab tapering to the bottom edge, the semi-transparent olive-green stone with opaque ivory-colored alteration
    1½ in. (3.8 cm.) high, 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) wide, 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm.) high (3)


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    Compare the similar small flat pendant of a stag with backwards-turned head included in An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades, C.T. Loo & Co. at the Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1950, pl. XI (1). A similar bear-form pendant or insignia with a hole for the eye and with a pendent tab in the Sonnenschein Collection is illustrated by A. Salmony, Archaic Chinese Jades, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1952, pl. XLVI (9).

    Provenance

    Stag and bear: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
    Double bird: C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
    Frank Caro, New York.


    Exhibited

    Double bird: An Exhibition of Chinese Archiac Jades, C.T. Loo & Co. at Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, February 1950, pl. XXVII (6).