• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2389

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

    14 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 39

    TWO SEMI-TRANSLUCENT PALE YELLOW-GREEN JADE NOTCHED DISCS

    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, CIRCA 1500 BC

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    TWO SEMI-TRANSLUCENT PALE YELLOW-GREEN JADE NOTCHED DISCS
    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, CIRCA 1500 BC
    The larger with three deeply cut notches creating three points terminating in small notched teeth at the edge of the tip, with a small single notch behind and then two pairs of teeth further back on the curved edge, with cutting marks on both sides, the stone with some opaque buff and black markings; the smaller with four notched projections alternating with pairs of notched teeth, with a cutting mark on one side, both with smooth polish
    4¾ and 4 in. (12 and 10.2 cm.) across (2)


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    The larger notched disc is similar to two in the Winthrop Collection illustrated by M. Loehr, Ancient Chinese Jades, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1975, pp. 103-4, nos. 106 and 107, where they are dated Shang or Western Zhou. See, also, the jade disc with three deeply cut notches, but lacking the small notched teeth, excavated from the Simatai site, Haiyang, Shandong, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China - 4 - Shandong, Beijing, 2005, p. 35.

    Provenance

    A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.