16 September 2010
FOUR SMALL JADE PENDANTS
SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 14TH-11TH CENTURY BC
Comprising a small white and pale russet cicada, with pierced ridge between the eyes of the broad head, the underside detailed with a thorax; a pendant of slender rectangular form, divided into segments by bow-string borders, one end pierced, the other rounded end with button tip; a larva with thick, curved body and pointed head with bulbous eyes above the pierced feet; and a pale greenish-white cricket of wedge shape, the thick body pierced lengthwise with a large channel
2¾, l 1/8, 1 and 1 3/8 in. (7, 2.8, 2.6 and 3.5 cm.) long (4)
Pendant: possibly Frank Caro, New York, 1965.
First cicada and pupa: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
Cricket: Desmond Gure Collection, 1968.
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Pupa: Chinese Jades, Oriental Ceramic Society, London, 14 April - 9 June 1948, no. 79.
On loan: Oxford University, 1950-1956.
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