A CELADON JADE TOOTHED ANIMAL MASK ORNAMENT
A CELADON JADE TOOTHED ANIMAL MASK ORNAMENT

HONGSHAN CULTURE, CIRCA 4000-3000 BC

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A CELADON JADE TOOTHED ANIMAL MASK ORNAMENT
HONGSHAN CULTURE, CIRCA 4000-3000 BC
The well-polished stone is carved and pierced in the form of an animal mask. It is decorated with arched brows, and circular eyes. The details of the face are carefully rendered with thick concave troughs and the bottom of the jade is carved with segmented sections representing the teeth of the animal. The top of the ornament is pierced with a small aperture for suspension.
4 15/16 in. (12.6 cm.) wide, box
Provenance
Lantien Shanfang Collection, acquired in Taipei in 1989

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Compare to two similar jade toothed animal mask ornaments of this period from the Yangdetang collection, one larger (19.6 cm. wide) and of a more greenish tone , sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 29 November 2017, lot 2704; the other of comparable size (12 cm. wide) and yellowish in tone, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 28 November 2018, lot 2708.

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