18 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 11,875
Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000
A MOTTLED PALE GREY JADE BEAD AND A PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE APPLIQUE
SHANG/WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100 BC
The thick-walled bead carved on the curved side with a taotie mask, the other flat side uncarved, the central channel drilled from both ends, traces of cinnabar; the rectangular applique carved in very shallow relief on both slightly convex sides with two serpent-like dragons of different lengths, with diamond-shaped scales and triangular heads with circular eyes and curved horns pointed towards a corner, the dragons separated by a free-standing diamond, the corners pierced for attachment, with traces of cinnabar
1 in. (2.5 cm.) high and 1 9/16 in. (4 cm.) long (2)
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The applique is very similar to one illustrated by Wu Hung and Brian Morgan, Chinese Jades from the Mu-Fei Collection, Bluett & Sons, London, 1990, no. 18.
Bead: Chang Nai-chi Collection.
Applique: Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
Bead: Archaic Chinese Jades, The University Museum, Philadelphia, February 1940, pl. XV, no. 282.
Applique: Columbia University, New York, February 1965.
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