A rare archaic green jade 'mask' bead Late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty

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Lot 109
A rare archaic green jade 'mask' bead
Late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty

Sold for HK$ 475,625 (US$ 60,622) inc. premium
A rare archaic green jade 'mask' bead
Late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty
Thickly walled with a central channel, the sides with two taotie masks formed by a large nose underneath two slanted eyes and a pair of horns flanking a rectangular crest carved with grooved chevron design forming a hat, with two narrow grooves carved across the base forming claws, the stone of yellowish-green tone with some dark wears to grooves. 3.2cm (1 1/4in) high.

Footnotes

  • 商晚期/西周早期 獸面紋玉𤨕

    Compare with a related archaic jade 'mask' bead in the Palace Museum, Beijing, late Shang dynasty, illustrated in Yang Boda, Zhongguo yuqi quanji (Compendium of Chinese Jade), vol.1, Shijiazhuang, 2005, p.185, no.191.

    白玉偏青,管狀,前後淺浮雕兩組獸面,獸面上下分兩部分,上部似寶冠,正中刻羽狀陰紋,對稱兩側刻扇狀紋飾,下半部分雕獸眼,翻鼻。北京故宮藏一件商代晚期獸形玉𤨕可作參考,見楊伯達著,《中國玉器全集(上)》,石家莊,2005年,頁185,編號191。
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A rare archaic green jade 'mask' bead Late Shang/Early Western Zhou Dynasty
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