18 March 2009
FOUR JADE CURVED PENDANTS
SHANG/ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH-4TH CENTURY BC
One opaque and of tan color, carved on one side as a bottle-horn dragon, the horn carved in thread relief, with notched edges; one a small thick huang of altered grey-green color, carved on both sides with addorsed dragons, with notched lower edge and biconically pierced at either end; the largest a huang of pale greenish-white color with areas of opaque buff alteration, carved in low relief on both sides with comma spirals, with notched edges, the small central hole with a raised border on one side; the fourth of semi-translucent grey-green stone with darker mottling, of tapering form and carved on both sides with a dragon head at one end, a narrow striated band and a pattern of abstract scrolls
2 13/16 to 4¾ in. (7.2 to 12 cm.) long (4)
First: Alfred F. Pillsbury Collection, Minneapolis.
Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
Second and third: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, prior to 1966.
Fourth: Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
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First: A. Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, Berkeley, 1938, pl. XII, no. 4.
Second: Columbia University, February, 1965.
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