A jade anthropomorphic figure Shang – early Western Zhou dynasty | 商至西周早期 玉人
Property from the Hei-Chi Collection
A jade anthropomorphic figure
Shang – early Western Zhou dynasty
depicted seated upright with his arms resting on his bent knees, surmounted by a pair of furcated curved horns, the reverse skilfully incised with scrollwork, the stone of yellowish-green colour with calcified patches
Overall very good condition. Minute nibbles to extremities.
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For a related jade kneeling figure, see an example of comparable size, with similar facial features but lacking the horns, in the Harvard Art Museums (no. 1943.50.317 [https://hvrd.art/o/204794]), published in Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum Cambridge, MA, 1975, cat. no. 121.