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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 474

    TWO EARLY GREYISH-GREEN JADE PENDANTS

    SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH-10TH CENTURY BC

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    TWO EARLY GREYISH-GREEN JADE PENDANTS
    SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH-10TH CENTURY BC
    One carved as a crouching tiger and the other as a recumbent buffalo, the features of both delineated by thin grooved lines, both flat, rather thick plaques pierced through the mouth, the stone of both of greyish-green tone with opaque alteration of buff color, the buffalo pendant with traces of cinnabar
    1 7/8 and 1½ in. (4.7 and 3.8 cm.) long, two boxes (2)


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    Compare the tiger pendant dated late Shang or early Western Zhou dynasty shown in a similar crouching posture, but with a long tail coiling backwards, illustrated by J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, London, 1995, p. 214, no. 12:8.

    Compare, also, the two jade pendants of recumbent water buffalos dated to the Shang dynasty illustrated by A. Salmony, Archaic Chinese Jades from the Edward and Louise B. Sonnenshein Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1952, pl. XX, nos. 6 and 7.

    Provenance

    J.D. Chen King Kwei Collection.
    Mayuyama, Tokyo, late 1950s.


    Pre-Lot Text

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


    Literature

    Tiger pendant: S. Umehara, Yin Hsu, Asahi Shinbunsha, Tokyo, 1964, pl. CXLI.


    Exhibited

    San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Hall of Flowers, Treasures of the Orient, Society for Asian Art, 1979, no. 13.