16 September 2010
FOUR CARVED BONE FRAGMENTS
SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
One with convex surface with the remains of a taotie mask above pendent blades; one with stacked taotie masks on one side and part of a bird on the reverse; the smallest with a taotie mask above a scroll band and pendent blades on one side, and on the reverse with a dragon in profile, a scroll band and blades beside a leiwen border, inlaid with turquoise chips; the largest convex, with part of a dragon reserved on a leiwen ground on one side
3 3/8, 2 1/8, 2 1/16 and 3½ in. (8.5, 5.4, 5.3 and 9 cm.) (4)
First: acquired prior to 1965.
Second: Frank Caro, New York, prior to 1965.
Third: acquired prior to 1978.
Fourth: acquired prior to 1965.
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First, third and fourth: Columbia University, New York, February, 1965.
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