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A RARE CALCIFIED JADE MINIATURE 'DOUBLE-DAGGER' PENDANT
SHANG/WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD
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104
A RARE CALCIFIED JADE MINIATURE 'DOUBLE-DAGGER' PENDANT
SHANG/WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China

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A RARE CALCIFIED JADE MINIATURE 'DOUBLE-DAGGER' PENDANT
SHANG/WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
each blade following the form of a ge dagger, one slightly longer than the other, the beveled surface of each with three ridges extending to the slightly curved tapered tips, the center of the toothed tang pierced, joined together along a short strip of the adjacent edges
Length 3 3/8  in., 8.7 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Stephen Junkunc, III (d. 1978).

Literature

Alfred Salmony, Chinese Jade Through the Wei Dynasty, New York, 1963, pl. IV, fig. 4.

Catalogue Note

Miniature blade-shaped pendants were produced and used during both the Shang and Zhou dynasties and a number have been discovered in tombs in the western sector of Anyang and in the ancient Yu state near Baoji, and display many of the same features of the full-sized ge, including a raised central rib, beveled edges and an asymmetrical tip. Miniature double-ge pendants are relatively rare, however, Compare one formerly in the collection of A.W. Bahr, illustrated in Alfred Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, Berkeley, California, 1938, pl. VII, fig. 4. Another from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Harvard Art Museums was included in the exhibition, Ancient Chinese Jades, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1975, cat. no. 68. A pendant in the form of a single ge blade was included in the exhibition Early Chinese Miniatures, China House Gallery, New York, 1977, cat. no. 20, and was later sold in these rooms, 6th December 1983, lot. 153. 

Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China

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New York