18 March 2009
FOUR JADE SWORD FITTINGS
LATE EASTERN ZHOU/WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 3RD-2ND CENTURY BC
Including two chapes of trapezoidal outline and lenticular section, the sides well carved with angular scrolls, the larger of pale greenish-white color with some areas of opaque, buff alteration, the smaller of white and brown color with scrolls also carved on top; a sword guard, of lozenge shape carved in low relief on both sides with a taotie mask, the semi-translucent stone of white color; and a circular pommel, carved on top with a whorl motif surrounded by comma spirals, the underside beveled around a circular channel, the semi-translucent stone of white color with areas of opaque, buff alteration, with fine high polish
2¼ to 1½ in. (5.3 to 3.7 cm.) across (4)
All: Chang Nai-chi Collection.
All: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, prior to 1966.
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Sword guard: Archaic Chinese Jades, The University Museum, Philadelphia, February 1940, pl. XIV, no. 274.
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