27 November 2007
A SMALL PALE CELADON JADE DISC, HUAN
EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY (770-256 BC)
The circular disc of slightly convex cross-section, carved on either side in relief with a register of raised 'comma'-scrolls between thin single-line borders, the semi-translucent stone of an even yellowish pale celadon tone
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) diam.
Sotheby's New York, 4 June 1986, lot 344
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Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 18
Christie's New York, 13-26 March 2001
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, August 2003-December 2004
Compare a very similar narrow huan with the same arrangement of the 'comma' spirals from the G.L. Winthrope Collection, now in the Fogg Art Museum illustrated by M. Loehr, Ancient Chinese Jades, Cambridge, 1975, p.236, no. 351, the looser non-interlocking scroll design seemingly a late development in the evolution of this pattern.
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