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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 339

    AN EARLY JADE BI AND CONG

    WESTERN ZHOU/JIN DYNASTY, 10TH CENTURY BC-5TH CENTURY AD

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    Estimate

    AN EARLY JADE BI AND CONG
    WESTERN ZHOU/JIN DYNASTY, 10TH CENTURY BC-5TH CENTURY AD
    The thick, flattened bi carved with rounded outer edges and a central hole drilled from either side leaving a step inside the aperture, the stone of deep grey-green tone with extensive opaque alteration of buff color; the cong carved from stone that has altered to an opaque mottled variegated grey tone with dark veining
    6 3/8 in. (16.1 cm.) diam. and 2 15/16 in. (7.4 cm.) high, two boxes (2)


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    A jade bi dated to the Wei-Jin period (220-420) with similarly rounded edges, but of smaller size (5 cm. diam.), was excavated in Foyemiaowan, Dunhuang, Gansu province. See Gu Fang, The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China, vol. 15, Beijing, 2005, no. 115.

    Provenance

    Bi: acquired in the mid-1980s.
    Cong: acquired in New York in the 1970s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MALCOLM E. MCPHERSON