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AN ALTERED JADE BEAD NECKLACE
AN ALTERED JADE BEAD NECKLACE

NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHWEST CHINA, LIANGZHU CULTURE, CIRCA 2500 BC

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AN ALTERED JADE BEAD NECKLACE
NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHWEST CHINA, LIANGZHU CULTURE, CIRCA 2500 BC
The necklace is comprised of fifty-one small beads, three medium-sized beads, an oval bead and a large bead carved on one side with a human mask formed by a defined jaw line, simple, raised linear lips, somewhat triangular nose, and incised eyes below a brow line, all flanked by large ears. All of the beads have opaque, ivory-colored alteration, and some beads still exhibit some of the original greyish-green color of the stone.
Approx. 13 ¾ in. (35 cm.) long overall, box
Provenance
B. K. Wong, Hong Kong, 3 May 1994.
Literature
Nicole De Bisscop, Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Brussels, 1995, p. 42, no. 10.
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. 10.

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An altered jade bead similarly carved on one side with a human face is illustrated by J. F. So in Chinese Jade from the Cissy and Robert Tang Collection, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2015, p. 48, no. 4b, where it is shown as the central bead of a jade bead necklace, and again in detail, p. 50.

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