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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 278

    A RARE PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE HANDLE OR BEAD

    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC

    Price Realised  

    A RARE PALE GREENISH-WHITE JADE HANDLE OR BEAD
    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC
    Of flattened, rounded rectangular form, divided into segments, each of the narrow sides carved with two addorsed, abstract cicada heads, with pairs of tapering eyes followed by a slightly waisted band encircled by two bow-string bands, and then by a wide band subtly carved with simplified wings, the broad sides carved with an abstract continuation of the heads and wings, one end with further wing-like depictions and a projecting edge pierced with one end of the central channel which is drilled from each end, the semi-translucent stone of even tone with satiny polish
    3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) long


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    A comparable handle/bead excavated from the Shang dynasty tomb of Fu Hao, Anyang, Henan province, is illustrated in Yinxu Yuqi (The Jades from Yinxu), Beijing, 1982, pl. 114 (left); and another excavated from a late Shang dynasty tomb at Dayangzhou, Xin'gan, Jiangxi province is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China - 9 - Jiangxi, Beijing, 2005, p. 25.

    Provenance

    A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.