• 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 64

    AN UNUSUAL GREYISH-GREEN AND BROWN JADE OVOID BEAD

    LATE EASTERN ZHOU/HAN DYNASTY, 3RD-1ST CENTURY BC

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    AN UNUSUAL GREYISH-GREEN AND BROWN JADE OVOID BEAD
    LATE EASTERN ZHOU/HAN DYNASTY, 3RD-1ST CENTURY BC
    Carved in high relief around the sides with a chilong crawling through the cloud scrolls carved on the sides, two of the projecting legs creating small loops, with a narrow central channel drilled from both ends, the stone of pale greenish-grey color with brown markings
    1½ in. (3.8 cm.) high


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    It is very rare to find a jade bead carved in high relief with a sinuous chilong. They are more commonly found on jade sword fittings of the Eastern Zhou/Han period, such as the those excavated from the Western Han tomb of Liu Sheng, Prince of Zhongshan, Mancheng, Hebei province, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China - 1 - Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Beijing, 2005, p. 189.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1978.