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A RARE STONE FISH-FORM PENDANT
LATE SHANG DYNASTY OR LATER
Estimate
4,0006,000
JUMP TO LOT
235
A RARE STONE FISH-FORM PENDANT
LATE SHANG DYNASTY OR LATER
Estimate
4,0006,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China II

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A RARE STONE FISH-FORM PENDANT
LATE SHANG DYNASTY OR LATER
the elongated form tapering toward the upper and lower edges, the fish incised with circular eyes, abstract curved gills, and short lines defining the scales and fins, its flat mouth pierced with a small aperture
Length 4 1/2  in., 11.7 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Mrs. Christian R. Holmes (1871-1941), no. 9896.
Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).

Catalogue Note

Fish-form pendants of this type made of stone are extremely rare, and no other examples appear to be published. The depiction of fish scales on the present lot is also a rare feature. Only a small group of pendants with the same feature appear to be recorded, including two jade examples excavated from the Fu Hao's tomb in Henan province, published in Institute of Archaeology, CASS, Tomb of Lady Hao at Yinxu in Anyang, Beijing, 1980, pl. CXLVI, fig. 2; one dated Western Zhou dynasty, excavated in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, published in Yang Boda, ed., Zhongguo yuqi quanji [Complete collection of Chinese jades], vol. 1, Shijiazhuang, 2005, no. 260; and another, modeled in a arched form, from the S.H. Minkenhof Collection, published in H.F.E. Visser, Asiatic Art in Private Collections of Holland and Belgium, New York, 1952, pl. 56. For related examples without the carved scales, see two jade pendants attributed to the Shang dynasty, in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, published in Ancient Chinese Arts in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1989, pl. 138; a Zhou dynasty example, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Gure, exhibited in Mostra d'arte cinese [Exhibition of Chinese art], Venice, 1954, cat. no. 181; and a pair, from the collection of Frau E. Rosenheim, included in the exhibition Ausstellung Chinesischer Kunst [Exhibition of Chinese Art], Berlin, 1929, cat. no. 194.

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China II

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