18 March 2009
FIVE JADE HUANG
WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY (CIRCA 1100-771 BC)
All carved from semi-translucent stone and all pierced at both ends, the two largest carved on both sides with grooves to depict a humanoid head shown in profile at both ends, the bodies continuing in a tapering diagonal filled with scales on the yellowish jade example and scrolls on the greyish-green example; the other three smaller huang similarly carved with slightly less detailed humanoid heads and scroll-filled abstract diagonal bodies, although the whitish jade example is carved only on one side
2 1/8 to 3 7/8 in. (5.4 to 9.9 cm.) long (5)
Two: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
Two: Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
The hottest exhibitions in new and emerging art destinations across the globe this summer, from Wu Guangzhong in Singapore to Marina Abramovic in Bangkok
How to get clued up on everything from reign marks to firing flaws, palettes, glazes and the different kilns
As well as keeping the bed cool, ancient Chinese ceramic pillows made for auspicious gifts and warded off evil spirits
The Belgian collector, antiques dealer and designer outlines what the art and objects in his library mean to him
The founder of the 1-54 art fair on giving African artists international visibility, growing up with an artist father, and building her own collection