18 March 2009
A RARE DARK GREY-GREEN JADE BEAD
SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC
Thick-walled with a central biconical channel, the sides carved in thread relief with two taotie masks, with large nose, slanted eyes and pairs of bottle horns flanking a rectangular crest carved with a grooved chevron design, the tops of the horns projecting above the edge of the convex top, with two narrow grooves carved across the base, the grey-green stone with some small areas of buff alteration
1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm.) across
C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
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An Exhibition of Archaic Jades, C.T. Loo & Co. at Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, 20 January - 1 March 1950, pl. XIV (3).
Compare the dark green jade bead carved with a taotie mask illustrated by Yang Boda, Chinese Archaic Jades from the Kwan Collection, Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1994, no. 72, which is dated late Shang.
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