3019
3019
A RARE AND SUPERBLY CARVED JADE SCABBARD CHAPE
EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 125,000 HKD
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3019
A RARE AND SUPERBLY CARVED JADE SCABBARD CHAPE
EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 125,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A RARE AND SUPERBLY CARVED JADE SCABBARD CHAPE
EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
of trapezoidal form with curved flaring edges, worked in low relief on each side with zoomorphic monster mask marked with scrollwork, the stone of an attractive even creamy-white colour, stand
5.6 cm, 2 1/8  in.
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Provenance

Collection of Ed O'Neill, during the 1970s. 
Collection of George Ortiz (1927-2013), by repute.
Oliver Hoare, London.

Exhibited

Every Object Tells a Story: Oliver Hoare's cabinet of curiosities, Ciancimino, London, 2012, cat. no. 60.

Catalogue Note

Fashioned from a pebble of even tone and incised with the zoomorphic mask, this piece is a fine example of Eastern Zhou sword fittings. Jade sword ornaments are discussed by Jessica Rawson in Chinese Jade. From the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, p. 290, who remarks that "weapons decorated with jade may have been thought to confer resistance to death and decay, and may, therefore, have been preferred for burial over weapons with other types of decoration". Jade chapes, which developed at a slightly later stage than other sword ornaments, were used on scabbards to protect them from the weapon's sharp tip.

A similar chape, unearthed from Yonghe, Jiangxi province, and attributed to the Western Han dynasty, is illustrated in Gu Fang, Zhongguo chutu yuqi quanji/ The Complete Collection of Unearthed Jades in China, Beijing, 2005, vol. 9, pl. 65; another also attributed to the Western Han dynasty, excavated from Pingshou, Shuozhou city, Shanxi province, is illustrated ibid., vol. 3, pl. 232; a third from the collection of David David-Weill, was sold in our London rooms, 29th February 1972, lot 58; and a further example from the Frederick M. Mayer collection, was sold at Christie's London, 24th/25th June 1974, lot 177. See also a jade chape from the Sir Joseph Hotung collection now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, published on the Museum's website, accession no. 2008.281.

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