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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 333

    TWO RARE CARVED BONE FRAGMENTS

    SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH-12TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    TWO RARE CARVED BONE FRAGMENTS
    SHANG DYNASTY, 13TH-12TH CENTURY BC
    One carved from a long, curved section with prominent median ridge, crisply carved on one side with three taotie masks with large hooked horns, some remains of turquoise inlay; the other carved with a portion of a dragon head above a band with whorl motif reserved on a leiwen ground, above a band of leiwen-filled blades, the underside incised with similar design.
    4¾ and 3¾ in. (12 and 9.5 cm.) long, one box (2)


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    A group of Shang-dynasty bone fragments carved with full or partial taotie masks is illustrated in Homage to Heaven, Homage to Earth, Chinese Treasures of the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, 1992, p. 215, pl. 121. Bone fragments of this type have been excavated from tombs in the 'royal cemetery' at Anyang, but as the pieces are fragmentary, there is uncertainty as to their use.

    Provenance

    Larger fragment: Acquired in Washington, DC, 1970s.
    Smaller fragment: Sedgwick Collection.
    Eumorfopoulos Collection
    Acquired in London in the early 1970s.


    Pre-Lot Text

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


    Exhibited

    San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Hall of Flowers, Treasures of the Orient, Society for Asian Art, 1979, nos. 10b and 10c respectively.