25 March 2010
FOUR BONE CARVINGS
SHANG/WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 12TH-8TH CENTURY BC
Comprising three fragments carved on both sides with various motifs including taotie masks, dragon bands, bands of blades, and on the small greenish-stained fragment with a dragon with scaled body shown in profile; the fourth a small turquoise-stained hollow fish carved in the round and realistically detailed with scales and eyes, pierced behind the open mouth
2 7/8 to 6¼ in. (7.3 to 15.8 cm.) long (4)
Three fragments: Frank Caro, New York, 1965 or earlier.
Fish: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, acquired prior to 1977.
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Three fragments: Columbia University, New York, February 1965.
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