12 May 2009
THREE OLIVE-BROWN JADE FITTINGS
LATE EASTERN ZHOU/WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 3RD - 2ND CENTURY BC
One a sword slide carved with C-scrolls and a demi-taotie mask at one end; one a sword guard of diamond-section, well carved on each side with a mask with striated brows; the third a fitting with a faceted tubular central section flanked by two openwork scrolling birds, with remains of a metal pin at one end
3½, 2 and 1½ in. (8.8, 5.1 and 3.8 cm.) long (3)
Sword guard: D.Y. Wu, Tientsin, China.
Sword guard and sword slide: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
Fitting: Chang Nai-chi Collection.
J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1963.
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Archaic Chinese Jades, The University Museum, Philadelphia, February 1940, pl. XVI, no. 293.
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