• Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5812

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles

    6 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 13

    FIVE EARLY JADE BIRD PENDANTS, SHANG/ZHOU DYNASTY (1600-771BC)

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    FIVE EARLY JADE BIRD PENDANTS, SHANG/ZHOU DYNASTY (1600-771BC)
    comprising a semi-transluscent cream jade pendant, mostly calcified, carved as an owl in profile with incised eye and beak detailing, drill hole to top of head; a transluscent light yellow-grey pendant, mostly calcified, carved in profile with a long raised tail, incised detailing to the eye and back, drill hole to lower projection; a light brown jade bird pendant in profile, drill hole to chest, cinnabar remains to surface; a dark celadon jade bird pendant in profile, drill hole to chest; and a pale celadon jade bird head pendant, with incised head detailing, drill hole to tip of head; a transluscent pale green pendant shaped as a preying mantis re-carved from a fragment, cinnabar deposits -- The first, 1 5/8in. (4.3cm.) high. (6)


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    Provenance

    First to Third: Acquired prior to 1978; Fourth: Acquired prior to 1966; Fifth: Chang Nai-chi Collection. J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 28th December 1964; Sixth: Chang Nai-chi Collection. J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 15th May 1963.