ARCHAIC AND ARCHAISTIC JADES FROM THE MICHAEL GULBENKIAN COLLECTION
A SMALL JADE CONG
SHANG DYNASTY - WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
of tubular form with four projecting corners, each worked with stylised mythical beast faces accentuated with horizontal ridges and circular eyes, the stone a variegated celadon and brown colour
Height 4.9 cm, 1⅞ in.
With the exception of some natural flaws and fissures in the jade at the rim, the cong 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."
Acquired from Christie's London, 1983/1984.