A RARE PALE GREEN JADE 'HORSE' PENDANT LATE SHANG / WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY |
20,000 - 30,000 USD
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- Width 2 in., 5.1 cm
of flattened form tapering at the edges, the animal carved in profile, standing with its head slightly lowered, detailed with almond-shaped eyes, pricked ears, and an incised mane, pierced through the mouth for suspension, the stone a mottled pale grayish-green color
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).
Alfred Salmony, Chinese Jade Through the Wei Dynasty, New York, 1963, pl. XI, fig. 7.
Shang dynasty jade horse pendants are extremely rare, and only two other examples appear to be recorded. See a pair of jade horses of a slightly larger size, each pierced at the top of the neck with a small aperture for suspension, excavated from Fu Hao's tomb in Anyang, Henan province, published in Institute of Archaeology, CASS, ed., Jades from the Yin Sites at Anyang, Beijing, 1981, pl. 94.