16 September 2010
TWO HARDSTONE SWORD FITTINGS
SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD/WESTERN HAN DYNASTY, 5TH-2ND CENTURY BC
One a circular pommel, carved on the top with a central whorl motif surrounded by a field of scrolls repeated on the conical underside that tapers to the small cylindrical socket, the stone of russet brown and opaque buff color; the other a sword guard of lozenge shape, carved on both faceted sides with a taotie mask, the stone of orangey color, with the remains of an iron hilt in the central aperture
1 9/16 in. (4 cm.) diam.; 2 in. (5 cm.) long (2)
Pommel: C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
Sword guard: J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1964.
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Pommel: An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades, C.T. Loo & Co. at Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1950, pl. LIX (7).
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