Lot 814. A white and beige jade fish-form pendant, Late Shang-Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th-10th century BC; 2 7/8 in. (7.5 cm.) long. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 50,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.

The thick pendant is of curved shape, and is finely carved with overlapping petal-form scales on both sides and diamond lozenges on the back. The head is pierced with a hole for suspension. The opaque white jade has an area of beige inclusion on one side. 

ProvenanceA. W. Bahr and E. H. Bahr Collection, 1963.
Arthur M. Sackler Collections.
Else Sackler.
Elizabeth A. Sackler.

NoteCompare the late Shang jade fish pendant from Subutun, Qingzhou, Shandong province, carved with very similar scales on the body and with long double lines ending in scrolls on the tail, illustrated by Gu Fang in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China, vol. 4, Beijing, 2005, p. 136.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13 September 2019