A rare pale green jade figure of a male dancer Eastern Han Dynasty A rare pale green jade figure of a male dancer Eastern Han Dynasty
A RARE PALE GREEN JADE FIGURE OF A MALE DANCER
Eastern Han Dynasty Sold for HK$31,480,000 5 April 2016 Bonhams Hong Kong 'The collection set the international benchmark for early jades sold at auction.'

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Making a world record price of HK$ 31,480,000, this rare pale green jade figure of a male dancer, Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25 - 220), formed part of a remarkable collection comprising early jade carvings from the Neolithic period to later jade carvings dating to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The collection, known as the Sze Yuan Tang Collection, was formed in the 1980s/90s in Hong Kong and cherished by its owner for decades until its sale in 2016.

The collection set the international benchmark for early jades sold at auction. The sale comprising 73 jade carvings achieved a remarkable 96% sold by lot, with 30 of the lots realising HK$ 1,000,000 or above, with a sale total of over HK$ 178 million.

It is rare to handle early jade carvings of such quality, which can only be seen, occasionally, in important museum collections. It is exceptionally rare to have the privilege of handling not just one, but a group of such remarkable jades. The figure of a male dancer is dynamic and powerful, a vestige of early China, when the use of the prized jade material was mostly restricted to the kings and nobility.

Asaph Hyman
Asian & European Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

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