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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 250

    A RARE CARVED BONE FRAGMENT

    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG PHASE, CIRCA 1200 BC

    Price Realised  

    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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    Provenance

    S.H. Minkenhof Collection.


    Literature

    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.


    Exhibited

    Columbia University, New York, February 1965.