A SMALL SUPERBLY CARVED PALE OLIVE-WHITE JADE BIXIE PENDANT
A SMALL SUPERBLY CARVED PALE OLIVE-WHITE JADE BIXIE PENDANT

HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220)

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A SMALL SUPERBLY CARVED PALE OLIVE-WHITE JADE BIXIE PENDANT
HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220)
The pendant has slightly convex sides and is carved in openwork in the shape of a coiled mythical beast with a boar's fangs, circular eyes, laid-back ears, a striated mane, hoofed forefeet, taloned back feet, a long tail with coiled tip, and scrolls on the body. There are areas of ivory-colored alteration.
1 ½ in. (3.8 cm.) diam., box
Provenance
Luen Chai Curios, Hong Kong, 14 March 1991.
Literature
Nicole De Bisscop, Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Brussels, 1995, p. 53, no. 27.
Exhibited
Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Kredietbank Gallery, Brussels, 25 October - 17 December 1995; Kredietbank Luxembourg, 1 February - 13 April 1996, no. 27.

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Lot Essay

This superbly-carved pendant features a mythical beast which embodies strength, which was skillfully adapted to the stone. Compare the similar pendant from the Sonnenschein Collection illustrated by A. Salmony in Archaic Chinese Jades, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1952, pl. XXXIV (7), where it is dated late Eastern Zhou.

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