18 March 2009
FOUR JADE RABBIT-SHAPED PENDANTS
EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 11TH-10TH CENTURY BC
All shown crouching and carved on both sides with circular eyes, simple grooves to outline the legs and detail the paws, and a tiny tail; the smallest of pale greenish-white color thicker than the others and with a concave depression on either side of the ears; the dark grey-green figure with traces of original saw marks; and one cut out in the shape of side-by-side rabbits, their ears also slightly concave, the stone now completely opaque and of olive-buff color
1 3/8 to 2 7/16 in. (3.5 to 6.2 cm.) long (4)
Smallest and double rabbit: A.W. Bahr Collection, New York, 1963. Dark green rabbit: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1960.
Largest rabbit: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, prior to 1966.
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Double rabbit: A. Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, Berkeley, 1938, pl. XXVI (9).
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