16 September 2010
FIVE JADE CICADA-FORM PENDANTS
LATE SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200-1100 BC
The largest of semi-translucent grey-green stone with opaque alteration, thick and flat before tapering towards the tail, carved on both sides, and pierced through the tiny mouth; the second thick and tapering towards the edges, carved on both sides, pierced through the tiny mouth; two a pair of small size and white color, the wing area concave, the underside of one with horizontal markings; the smallest opaque and of grey-green color, with bulbous eyes and closed wings, pierced through the mouth
1 1/16 to 2 9/16 in. (2.7 to 6.5 cm.) long (5)
First: Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
Second: acquired before 1978.
Pair: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
Fifth: Desmond Gure Collection, 1968.
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First: 4000 Years of Chinese Art, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, October - November 1958, no. 42.
Last: Exhibition of Chinese Jades, Oriental Ceramic Society, London 1948, no. 74.
On loan: Oxford University, 1950-1956.
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