• 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 53

    TWO FISH-SHAPED PENDANTS

    LATE SHANG/WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100-950 BC

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    TWO FISH-SHAPED PENDANTS
    LATE SHANG/WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100-950 BC
    One thick and curved, of translucent white jade, well carved with circular eyes, pectoral fins on the underside and diamond pattern in place of dorsal fins, the end of the tail beveled; the other long and slender, of translucent stone, perhaps agate, one side convex, the other flat, but well carved on both sides with circular eyes, dorsal and pectoral fins, with a bow-string band at the beginning and end of the tapering tail that ends in a bifurcated tip, traces of cinnabar
    2 9/16 and 4 7/16 in. (6.5 and 11.2 cm.) long (2)


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    Compare the long, slender fish pendant to four very similarly carved examples in green jade dated to the Western Zhou period excavated from Tomb No. 31, Marquis of Jin necropolis, Quwo, Shanxi province, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China - 3 - Shanxi, Beijing, 2005, p. 88.

    Provenance

    First: acquired 1966 or earlier.
    Second: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.