ARCHAIC AND ARCHAISTIC JADES FROM THE MICHAEL GULBENKIAN COLLECTION
A MOTTLED JADE REPTILE
SHANG DYNASTY OR LATER
the flattened body with three short horizontal ridges showing the neck and tapering to a pointed tail, the snout with an aperture, the stone a mottled beige tone
Length 11.4 cm, 4½ in.
The carving is in good condition.
"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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
For a similar carving of a gecko dated to the Late Shang Dynasty, see Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1996, cat. no.14.