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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 308

    THREE AGATE RINGS AND A WHITE JADE ROPE-TWIST RING, YUAN

    EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 4TH-3RD CENTURY BC

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    THREE AGATE RINGS AND A WHITE JADE ROPE-TWIST RING, YUAN
    EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 4TH-3RD CENTURY BC
    All of the agate rings tapering from the faceted inner edge to the thin outer edge and polished to a high gloss, two with banded inclusions of various shades of reddish orange and greyish white color, the third of moss agate with green moss-like inclusions; the white jade ring somewhat flattened and carved in the round with spiraled rope-twist pattern
    Agate rings 2 to 2 5/8 in. (5.1 to 6.7 cm.) diam.; jade ring 2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm.) diam. (4)


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    Several agate rings and a jade ropetwist ring of similar type to the present examples are illustrated in Chugoku Sengoku jidai no bijutsu (The Art of the Warring States Period), Osaka Municipal Museum of Fine Art, 1991, pp. 160-1, nos. 277 (jade ropetwist rings) and 278-81 (various kinds of agate rings).

    Provenance

    Agate rings: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
    Jade ring: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, prior to 1966.