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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 290

    TWO JADE DISC-SHAPED NECKLACE CLOSING DEVICES

    EARLY/WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100-1000 BC

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    TWO JADE DISC-SHAPED NECKLACE CLOSING DEVICES
    EARLY/WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100-1000 BC
    The larger of semi-translucent mottled yellowish-grey stone, carved in grooves on both sides with a coiled dragon biting its tail, with large head and scales in the body, the central hole drilled from one side, with a tiny conical hole near the edge; the smaller of semi-translucent green stone, both sides carved in grooves with a bird coiled around the central biconical hole
    1 13/16 and 1 7/16 in. (4.6 and 3.7 cm.) diam., box (2)


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    Compare the circular necklace closing device carved in a similar manner with a coiled bird excavated from the Western Zhou Tomb No. 9 at Zhuyuan'gou, Baoji, Shaanxi province, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China - 14 - Shaanxi, Beijing, 2005, p. 54. See, also, the three in the Sonnenschein Collection illustrated by A. Salmony, Archaic Chinese Jades, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1952, pl. LXII (2,3, and 4).

    Provenance

    First: Acquired prior to 1967.
    Second: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.