• 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 1044

    A RARE GREENISH-WHITE JADE HANDLE

    WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH-9TH CENTURY BC

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    A RARE GREENISH-WHITE JADE HANDLE
    WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH-9TH CENTURY BC
    Of slightly tapering rectangular form, carved in low relief with five rows of stylized cicada wings that continue around the narrow sides between double bow-string borders repeated around the slightly waisted and tapered end, the other end also tapered and plain, the semi-translucent stone with areas of opaque buff alteration
    6 in. (15.3 cm.) long


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    A similar jade handle carved with three registers of wings between bow-string borders, dated Western Zhou, from the collection of Professor Klaus J. Müller was included in the O.C.S. exhibition, Chinese Jade throughout the ages, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1975, no. 9. Two related handles excavated from Western Zhou tombs at Liuliho, Fangshan county, are illustrated in Kaogu, 1974:5, p. 318, pls. 16 and 17.

    Provenance

    Desmond Gure Collection, 1968.