19 September 2013
TWO SMALL JADE ARCHAISTIC AXE-FORM PENDANTS
One, of pale greenish-white color, is carved on each side with a taotie mask above the curved blade that tapers to the 'cutting edge' and is carved on each side with a row of dots. The suspension loop is in the shape of a recumbent feline. The other white pendant with up-curved tips at the lower edge is carved as a highly stylized dragon, its backward-turned head facing its claws and the tail of an openwork dragon carved along one side edge. The reverse is incised with scrolls and has some russet areas.
1 7/8 and 1 5/8 in. (4.8 and 4.2 cm.) wide (2)
Lizzadro Collection, Chicago, Illinois, acquired prior to 1960.
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