ARCHAIC AND ARCHAISTIC JADES FROM THE MICHAEL GULBENKIAN COLLECTION
A CELADON AND RUSSET JADE 'TAOTIE MASK' FRAGMENT
SHANG DYNASTY OR LATER
the flat trapezoid body carved to the front face with half a taotie mask, the reverse pierced for possible suspension, the well-polished stone of rich celadon and russet tones
Width 5.5 cm, 2⅜ in.
The fragment is in good condition with the exception of some natural flaws to the stone.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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