18 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 17,500
A RARE OPAQUE JADE TAPERING AWL-SHAPED PENDANT
SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1500-1100 BC
With rounded conical bottom below a plain band encircled by double bow-string bands, and a diagonally ribbed shaft tapering to a tip with biconical hole, the stone now opaque and of ivory color; together with two small white jade fittings, late Shang/early Western Zhou dynasty, one with a small mask-shaped hook at one end, incised decoration, and a beveled edge pierced with holes for attachment at the other end, the reverse left plain; the other, possibly a 'handle', carved on two sides with a dragon surmounted by a bottle horn, one of the narrow sides with a continuation of the dragons, the other narrow side with diamond pattern
3 7/8, 2 and 2¾ in. (9.9, 5 and 7 cm.) long (3)
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The awl-shaped pendant is similar in type to two longer examples (6 3/8 and 6 in. long) in the Sonnenschein Collection illustrated by A. Salmony, Archaic Chinese Jades, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1952, pl. XXXV (6 and 7).
The small fitting with the mask-shaped hook is similar in form to one dated Western Zhou in the Qing Court collection illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 40 - Jadeware (I), Beijing, 1995, pp. 118-9, no. 99.
All: Chang Nai-chi Collection.
J.T. Tai & Co., New York, prior to 1966.
All three: Archaic Chinese Jades, The University Museum, Philadelphia, February 1940, pl. I, no. 10, pl. VII, no. 126 and pl. XVI, no. 299, respectively.