12 May 2009
THREE JADE RECTANGULAR BEADS
EASTERN ZHOU/HAN DYNASTY, 5TH CENTURY BC - 1ST CENTURY AD
One of dark olive-green colour carved in rounded relief with dragon head scrolls; one of partially altered olive colour carved with comma spirals; the third of partially altered brownish-olive colour carved on both sides with addorsed simplified taotie masks; together with a pale greenish-white jade rectangular applique, late Eastern Zhou dynasty, carved on one side with connected comma spirals and pierced through the corners
1 3/8 to 2 3/8 in. (3.5 to 6.1 cm.) (4)
First bead and applique: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, prior to 1966 and 1963, respectively.
Second bead: Chang Nai-chi Collection.
Frank Caro, New York, prior to 1966.
Third bead: Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
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Second bead: Archaic Chinese Jades, The University Museum, Philadelphia, February 1940, pl. X, no. 180.
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