18 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 18,750
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
A VERY RARE CARVED BONE RITUAL IMPLEMENT
SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
Of slender waisted outline with flared curved ends, the upper end of each side finely carved, on the convex side with four taotie masks stacked above a narrow scroll band and a band of pendent blades, the slightly concave reverse carved with three vertically arranged dragons shown in profile, above scroll and pendent blade bands, and bordered at one edge by a raised band of scrolls interrupted by five equally spaced solid rectangles, the lower end of each side uncarved, and on the concave reverse forms a scoop
8 15/16 in. (22.8 cm.) long
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Compare the carved bone example excavated from the tomb of the Shang royal consort Fu Hao, Anyang, Henan province, illustrated in Yin hsu Fu Hao mu, Beijing, 1980, pl. 179:1.
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