18 March 2009
TWO THICK JADE DAGGER-FORM PENDANTS
SHANG DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC
One in the shape of a tapering blade carved in low relief with a band of pendent blades below an incised herringbone border issuing from the jaws of a bottle horn dragon shown in profile, its curled tail with a biconical hole, the opaque stone of pale grey-green and buff color; the other in the shape of a blade with median rib on each of the convex sides and raised outer edges leading to the pointed tip, all issuing from a bottle horn taotie mask carved in linear relief on each side, with a biconical hole in the tang, the somewhat translucent stone of grey-green color with striations of opaque buff color
4 7/8 and 4 5/8 in. (12.4 and 12 cm.) long (2)
First pendant: acquired prior to 1966.
Second pendant: C.T. Loo & Co., New York
Frank Caro, New York, 1964.
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Second pendant: An Exhibition of Chinese Archaic Jades, C.T. Loo & Co. at Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, 20 January - 1 March 1950, pl. XVI (7).
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