Lot 3007
  • 3007

A RARE BONE CEREMONIAL SPATULA SHANG DYNASTY |

Estimate
150,000 - 200,000 HKD
Sold
375,000 HKD
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Description

  • cow bone
  • 30.9 cm, 12 1/8  in.
the elongated shaft with a waisted outline accentuated with flaring upper and lower edges, the convex side divided into four registers enclosing taotie masks above a pendent cicada blade border, the carved design extending onto the gently concave reverse, traces of red pigment

Provenance

Collection of Raymond A. Bidwell (1876-1954).
Collection of the Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, accessioned in 1962.
Christie's New York, 21st/22nd March 2013, lot 1156 (part lot).

Exhibited

The Arts of China: A Retrospective, C.W. Post Center, Long Island University, Greenvale, New York,  1977, p. 22, no. 10.

Literature

The Raymond A. Bidwell Collection of Chinese Bronzes and Ceramics, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1965, pp. 30-31.

Catalogue Note

For other examples of rare Shang bone carvings with similar taotie decoration, see two fragments from the collection of Edward T. Chow, sold in these rooms, 24th November 2014, lot 1234, and included in the exhibition Early Chinese art from private collections, Eskenazi Ltd., London, 2016, cat. no. 2.
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