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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 249

    **A RARE IVORY TAOTIE MASK FITTING

    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

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    **A RARE IVORY TAOTIE MASK FITTING
    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
    The convex fitting carved in relief with a taotie mask centered by a notched flange and carved to one side with a notched flange pierced for attachment, the reverse plain
    1 7/8 in. (4.9 cm.) high, 2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) wide


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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 (middle).
    S. Umehara, Yin Hsu, Tokyo, 1964, pl. CXXX (5).


    Exhibited

    Columbia University, New York, February 1965.