AN ARCHAIC JADE 'TIGER' PLAQUE
EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
well carved as a four-legged beast in profile, the back arched slightly and the tail curled, finely incised with geometric patterns, the stone of a semi-translucent buff to light brown color with some encrustation
Length 5½ in., 14 cm
In general good condition considering its age and type. The small hook on its hunched back is lost. The spine has been polished down slightly. Overall with expected wear and minute chips and nicks to the extremities. One side with an area of encrustation to the stone.
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C. T. Loo & Cie., Paris.
Collection of Mrs. Christian R. Holmes (1871–1941), by 1935.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 15th November 1963, lot 203.
E&J Frankel, New York.
Christian R. Holmes 夫人 (1871-1941) 收藏，1935年之前入藏
Stanley Charles Nott, Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages: A Review of its Characteristics, Decoration, Folklore, and Symbolism, London, 1936, pl. LXIX.
Stanley Charles Nott，《Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages: A Review of its Characteristics, Decoration, Folklore, and Symbolism》，倫敦，1936年，圖版LXIX
International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935, cat. no. 358.
The Jade Circus, E&J Frankel, New York, 1972, cat. no. 2.
《The Jade Circus》，E&J Frankel，紐約，1972年，編號2
The present plaque is an excellent representation of Eastern Zhou dynasty jade craftsmenship, At once powerful and fine, elegant and subtle, the carving demonstrates the Eastern Zhou craftsmen's mastery of manipulation of the material as well as the advanced development of complex and dynamic designs. Several similar jade 'tigers' have been published, including one in Yang Boda, Zhongguo yu qi quan ji [The Complete Compilation of Chinese Jades], Vol. 1, Shijiazhuang Shi, 2005, p. 217, pl. 3. Another jade 'tiger' was excavated from tomb 1 at Caomen Bay, Guojiamiao, Zaoyang, Hubei provice, and is now in the Hubei Provincial Museum, published in Phoenix Reborn: Chu Jades Excavated from Hubei, Wuhan, Hong Kong, 2017, pl. 7.