• 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 51

    A RARE SMALL PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE PENDANT/FINIAL

    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 12TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A RARE SMALL PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE PENDANT/FINIAL
    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 12TH CENTURY BC
    The thick plaque carved on both sides as a seated humanoid figure with bent legs, large head with pierced crest, scooped nose and circular eyes, with grooved lines along the backbone, and a cross within a circle on the haunches, with a small bifurcated tab projecting from the lower edge, the semi-translucent stone of even color
    1 13/16 in. (4.4 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.


    Literature

    A. Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, Berkeley, California, 1938, pl. XX(5).