18 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 37,500
Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
A RARE DARK GREY-GREEN JADE BEAD
SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC
Thick-walled with a central biconical channel, the sides carved in thread relief with two taotie masks, with large nose, slanted eyes and pairs of bottle horns flanking a rectangular crest carved with a grooved chevron design, the tops of the horns projecting above the edge of the convex top, with two narrow grooves carved across the base, the grey-green stone with some small areas of buff alteration
1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm.) across
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Compare the dark green jade bead carved with a taotie mask illustrated by Yang Boda, Chinese Archaic Jades from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1994, no. 72, which is dated late Shang.
C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
An Exhibition of Archaic Jades, C.T. Loo & Co. at Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, 20 January - 1 March 1950, pl. XIV (3).
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