• 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 55

    A CARVED BONE FRAGMENT

    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG PHASE, CIRCA 1200 BC

    Price Realised  

    A CARVED BONE FRAGMENT
    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG PHASE, CIRCA 1200 BC
    Of spatula shape, carved on the convex side with three taotie masks of graduated size, the reverse plain; together with an ivory tapering tubular handle or fitting, the wider end hollowed and carved at the top with two taotie masks above a wider band of alternating pendent and upright blades
    3 3/8 and 3 5/8 in. (8.6 and 9.2 cm.) long (2)


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    Provenance

    First: S.H. Minkenhof Collection.
    Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
    Second: acquired prior to 1965.


    Literature

    Second: R. Soame Jenyns, "Chinese Carvings in Elephant Ivory", TOCS, vol. 27, 1951-53, pp. 37-59, pl. 9 (2 left).


    Exhibited

    Both: Columbia University, New York, February 1965.