• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2389

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    14 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 47

    A SMALL OLIVE-GREEN JADE CICADA-FORM PENDANT

    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC

    Price Realised  

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    A SMALL OLIVE-GREEN JADE CICADA-FORM PENDANT
    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC
    The convex side carved in linear relief with the details of the cicada's head, wings and legs which follow the shape of the notched edges, pierced through the pointed nose, the concave reverse plain, with some brown alteration in the semi-translucent stone; together with a small semi-translucent olive-green applique, late Eastern Zhou dynasty, with notched edges, one side finely incised in double line with scrolls and eyes implying humanoid and dragon heads, the plain reverse pierced at each end with three bullnose holes that exit the ends, and inscribed with a two-character inscription, with some brown alteration in the stone
    1½ and 1 3/8 in. (4 and 3.4 cm.) long (2)


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    Provenance

    Cicada: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
    Applique: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, prior to 1966.