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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 252

    A VERY RARE BONE HAIR PIN

    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A VERY RARE BONE HAIR PIN
    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
    The long, tapering pin surmounted by a seated bird shown in profile, with large open beak, circular eye, curled crest, compressed body carved with wings, and long pendent tail feathers, with fine serrated edges to the crest, body and tail
    8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
    C.T. Loo Collection.
    Frank Caro, New York, 1964.


    Literature

    R. Soame Jenyns, "Chinese Carvings in Elephant Ivory", TOCS, vol. 27, 1951-53, pp. 37-59, pl. 10, fig. 2 (third from left).
    Warren E. Cox, Chinese Ivory Sculpture, New York, 1946, pl. 4 (third from left).


    Exhibited

    Columbia University, New York, February 1965.