A JADE ARC-SHAPED 'ANIMAL MASK' ORNAMENT EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD | 東周春秋時期 玉獸面紋拱形飾
Property from the Hei-Chi Collection
A JADE ARC-SHAPED 'ANIMAL MASK' ORNAMENT
EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD
the convex surface divided into two registers with a raised band, each of the register skilfully worked with an animal mask flanked by a pair of birds, each detailed with a hooked beak and round eye, all between two flanges decorated with scrollwork and pierced with two apertures
6.3 by 5.3 cm, 2 ½ by 2 ⅛ in.
The ornament is in good condition with occasional insignificant nibbles to the edges.
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.
Jiang Tao and Liu Yunhui, Jades from the Hei-Chi Collection, Beijing, 2006, pp. 80-81 top.
Exquisitely carved, the present piece represents one of the rarest, most prestigious type of jade ornaments reserved only for nobility in the Wu and Chu states in the late Spring and Autumn period. A closely related arc-shaped ornament of comparable size and design was unearthed in Yangshan, Jiangsu. The excavated example is similarly modelled with a pair of confronting animal masks flanked by bird heads. Unlike the present example, however, the reverse is decorated and there is a small movable ring, carved from the same block of jade, originally fitted to one end of the ornament; see Yao Qinde with an introduction by Hsio-Yen Shih, ‘Spring and Autumn Period Jades from the State of Wu’, Chinese Jade: Selected Articles from Orientations 1983-2003, Hong Kong, 2005, pp. 114-119, fig. 12, together with a parrot-head arc-shaped ornament, fig. 13.