18 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 3,000
Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000
A RARE CARVED BONE FRAGMENT
SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG PHASE, CIRCA 1200 BC
Retaining the natural shape of the bone, carved on one side with two taotie masks reserved on a leiwen ground above the scale-filled body of a dragon that terminates in a head on the lower projecting section, the reverse with the body of another sinous dragon with bent legs and curled tail, the body decorated with scales and a six-pointed star, traces of cinnabar
6½ in. (16.5 cm.) long
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S.H. Minkenhof Collection.
R. Soame Jenyns, "Chinese Carvings in Elephant Ivory", TOCS, vol. 27, 1951-53, pp. 37-59, pl. 9, fig. 1 (right), where it is identified as bone.
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