• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2405

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1037

    A RARE DARK OLIVE-GREEN JADE CEREMONIAL BLADE, ZHANG

    NORTHWEST CHINA, QIJIA CULTURE, CIRCA 2000-1700 BC

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE DARK OLIVE-GREEN JADE CEREMONIAL BLADE, ZHANG
    NORTHWEST CHINA, QIJIA CULTURE, CIRCA 2000-1700 BC
    The very thin blade slightly concave on one side and flaring towards the thinner curved end as well as towards the opposite end carved with two pairs of fine teeth at both edges, which are connected on one side by triple groove bands below a double groove band, the tang with a hole drilled from one side, the opaque stone slightly translucent at the thinnest edges, with smooth polish and faint surface accretions
    12 in. (30.5 cm.) long, fitted wood box


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    Several jade zhang of this type, which appear to have equally thin blades, in the Winthrop Collection, are illustrated by M. Loehr, Ancient Chinese Jades, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, 1975, pp. 172-5, nos. 223-26. Unlike the present zhang, none of the Winthrop examples have the addition of the 'teeth' joined by slanting grooves.

    Provenance

    A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.