Lot 1259. A large partially altered pale greyish-white jade ge-halberd blade, Early Western Zhou dynasty, circa 1200-1100 BC, together with an altered grey-green jade cong, Neolithic period, Liangzhu culture, 3rd millenium BC. Blade 15¾ in. (40 cm.) long, cong 3 5/8 in. (9.1 cm.) square. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 22,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.
With median ridge and softly beveled edges extending to the asymmetrical point, the edges of the blade sharply angled where the tang begins, with a single hole drilled from both sides; together with an altered grey-green jade cong, Neolithic period, Liangzhu culture, 3rd millenium BC, thick-walled, the corners divided into two registers, the lower carved as a rudimentary mask, now almost completely altered to mottled buff color.
Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm E. Mcpherson.
Provenance: Blade: Ching Wah Lee, San Francisco, early 1970s.
Cong: acquired in Hong Kong in the mid-1980s..
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza