• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2405

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1050

    FOUR BONE CARVINGS

    SHANG/WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 12TH-8TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    FOUR BONE CARVINGS
    SHANG/WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 12TH-8TH CENTURY BC
    Comprising three fragments carved on both sides with various motifs including taotie masks, dragon bands, bands of blades, and on the small greenish-stained fragment with a dragon with scaled body shown in profile; the fourth a small turquoise-stained hollow fish carved in the round and realistically detailed with scales and eyes, pierced behind the open mouth
    2 7/8 to 6¼ in. (7.3 to 15.8 cm.) long (4)


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    Provenance

    Three fragments: Frank Caro, New York, 1965 or earlier.
    Fish: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, acquired prior to 1977.


    Exhibited

    Three fragments: Columbia University, New York, February 1965.