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    Sale 12171

    Dongxi Studio- Important Chinese Jade and Hardstone Carvings from a Distinguished Private Collection

    17 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 921

    A PALE GREENISH-GREY JADE SWORD GUARD

    WARRING STATES PERIOD-EARLY WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC

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    A PALE GREENISH-GREY JADE SWORD GUARD
    WARRING STATES PERIOD-EARLY WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC
    The sword guard is of lozenge shape and carved in low relief on both sides with an angular scroll design centered by a median ridge. The highly polished stone is of pale greenish-grey color with large areas of buff alteration, particularly prominent on one side.
    2 1/16 in. (5.1 cm.) long, box


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    Sword guards of this type have been found in tombs of Western Han date, such as the example illustrated in Jades from the Tomb of the King of Nanyue, Hong Kong, 1991, no. 205. Compare, also, the sword guard of similar shape with similar angular scroll design illustrated by J. So, Chinese Jades from the Cissy and Robert Tang Collection, Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2015, p. 128, no. 23b; and another included in Illustrated Catalogue of Ancient Jade Artifacts in The National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1982, no. 305.

    Provenance

    B.K. Wong, Hong Kong, 3 May 1994.


    Literature

    Nicole De Bisscop, Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Brussels 1995, p. 68, no. 32.


    Exhibited

    Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Kredietbank Gallery, Brussels, 25 October - 17 December 1995; Kredietbank Luxembourg, 1 February - 13 April 1996, no. 32.