12 May 2009
THREE JADE ZOOMORPHIC PENDANTS
LATE SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100 BC
One a semi-translucent pale greenish-white upright bird with hooked beak, crest, double grooves delineating the body, bent leg and pierced curled tail; one a greyish-green crouching bottle horn dragon with biconical hole drilled through the forward-curled tail in front of a tapering tab with beveled edges leading to the tip; the third a semi-translucent olive-green recumbent bird with deep grooves delineating the body on one side and the remains of other decoration, including a taotie mask, on the reverse
2¼ to 2 5/8 in. (5.7 to 6.7 cm.) long (3)
Upright bird: Chang Nai-chi Collection.
J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1963.
Bottle horn dragon: acquired prior to 1966.
Recumbent bird: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
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Upright bird: Archaic Chinese Jades, The University Museum, Philadelphia, February 1940, pl. VI, no. 107.
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