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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 313

    TWO TRANSLUCENT GREYISH-GREEN JADE LONG FLAT BEADS

    EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 6TH-5TH CENTURY BC

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    TWO TRANSLUCENT GREYISH-GREEN JADE LONG FLAT BEADS
    EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 6TH-5TH CENTURY BC
    One of rectangular shape, both sides carved with abstract dragons formed by scrolls interspersed with eyes and short striated panels, the two long edges cut with numerous notches, with slender central channel; the other of oblong shape recarved from what would have been a rectangular bead, both sides carved with the abstract bodies of two dragons that meet in the middle, with the head of one dragon at one edge and the head of the other at the opposite edge, the ends similarly, but later, carved with the forequarters of dragons, with a biconical hole at one end, perforated lengthwise, the stone of olive-green color with some brown veining
    4¾ and 3 15/16 in. (12 and 10 cm.) long (2)


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    Compare the similar jade bead illustrated by Bo Zhongmo in Guyu Jingying (The Art of Jade Carving in Ancient China), Taiwan, 1989-90, p. 105, no. 36, where it is compared to a similar bead excavated from a Spring and Autumn tomb in Henan province.

    Provenance

    Rectangular bead: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
    Oblong bead: Frank Caro, New York, 1964.