• 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 1046

    A RARE OPAQUE MOTTLED GREENISH-GREY JADE TIGER-FORM PLAQUE

    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC

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    A RARE OPAQUE MOTTLED GREENISH-GREY JADE TIGER-FORM PLAQUE
    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC
    The thick plaque carved on both sides in double-line outline with the large head, open jaws, and foreleg of the crouching beast, with angular scrolls on the body and notched border along the backbone and tail, with a conical hole drilled through the ear
    5¼ in. (13.4 cm.) long, fitted box


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    This large plaque, which could be either a tiger or a kuei dragon, is similar to one of slightly smaller size (4 3/8 in.), described as a tiger, in the Sonnenschein Collection illustrated by A. Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, Berkeley, California, 1938, pl. XIV (2). The style of carving is very similar, as is the jade.

    Provenance

    A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.