Lot 37
  • 37

A MINIATURE ARCHAIC JADE OX LATE SHANG / EARLY WESTERN ZHOU

Estimate
3,000 - 5,000 USD
Sold
37,500 USD
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Description

  • Length 1 1/2  in., 3.8 cm
carved in the round with horns facing to the rear above the pressed-back ears, the details on the head all incised, standing on legs that lean slightly back, a bull-nose perforation drilled through the neck to allow for suspension, the opaque mottled buff stone with brown inclusions, Japanese wood box  (4)

Provenance

Mayuyama & Co., Ltd., Tokyo, acquired between 1960-1969.
The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Bull.
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 6th December 1983, lot 163.

Catalogue Note

A similar example is illustrated by Alfred Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, Berkeley, 1938, Pl XXIII, no. 7.; and another in Archaic Chinese Jades, University of Pennsylvannia, Philadelphia, 1940, no. 99.  A line drawing of a piece recovered from a late Westen Zhou tomb at Shanxi Tianma Qucun, of similar profile to the present lot is illustrated by Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade From the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, p. 24, fig. 8a.
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