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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 297

    A RARE WHITE JADE TAOTIE MASK NECKLACE CLOSING DEVICE

    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC

    Price Realised  

    A RARE WHITE JADE TAOTIE MASK NECKLACE CLOSING DEVICE
    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC
    The thick plaque cut in the shape of a taotie mask and carved on one side with the features of the mask, pierced with a large hole below a narrow chevron-carved crest flanked by the scrolled horns, with two parallel grooves carved on the bottom edge continuing up onto the side edges perhaps to indicate a mouth, channels pierced from the top and bottom exiting at the edges of an irregular depression in the center of the back around the hole drilled through the center, the stone of even white color and well polished
    1 11/16 in. (4.2 cm.) long


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    This fine white jade necklace closing device is a refined version of one also carved as a taotie mask, excavated from a late Shang dynasty Tomb at Qianzhangda, Tengzhou, Shandong province, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China - 4 - Shandong, Beijing, 2005, p. 77.

    Provenance

    Chang Nai-chi Collection.


    Exhibited

    Archaic Chinese Jades, The University Museum, Philadelphia, February 1940, pl. XV, no. 291.