Lot 3020
  • 3020

AN IMPORTANT AND EXCEPTIONAL JADE CONG NEOLITHIC PERIOD, LIANGZHU CULTURE

Estimate
8,000,000 - 10,000,000 HKD
Sold
9,655,000 HKD
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Description

of tubular form, the exterior superbly and subtly angled with four projecting corners, each worked with a stylised monster face accentuated with well-defined eyes widening towards the temples and enclosing piercing circular pupils, above a narrow horizontal ridge indicating the mouth, and below two horizontal bands, possibly the forehead or hairline, the monster face further exquisitely rendered with finely incised scrollwork, the four monster faces divided with a gently recessed vertical band in the centre of each side, the opaque stone of a lustrous brownish-beige colour mottled with russet-brown inclusions, the cover of the burlwood-inset box carved with an inscription signed Taozhai, eulogising the stone as well as the meticulous precision of the incised hair-fine decoration on the cong, the interior lined with blue silk and bearing a seal mark reading Taozhai jiancang shuhua ('Paintings and calligraphy appreciated by Taozhai')
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