Lot 381. A rare white jade terrapin, Neolithic period, Dawenkou culture (4000-2200 BC); 3.6 and 3.7 cm, 1 3/8 and 1 1/2 in. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 HKD. Lot sold 300,000 HKD (34,186 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's.
the flattened pebble worked in the form of a terrapin with round eyes and a pointed nose, detailed with toed flippers and a short curved tail, the animal's back pierced with a circular aperture, the stone of a translucent white tone.
Property from the Peony Collection.
Exhibited: Angus Forsyth and Brian McElney, Jades from China, The Museum of East Asian Art, Bath, 1994, cat. no. 52.
Note: The current pendant, worked from a translucent white stone as a soft-shelled terrapin, is accentuated with well-defined outlines and subtle contours. Other white jade examples from the Neolithic period have been excavated in the Lake Baikal area of southern Siberia.
Compare a very similar example in the Avery Brundage Collection in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated in Rene-Yvon Lefebvre d'Argence, Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1972, pl. XXII. Another example from the Edward and Louis B. Sonnenschein Collection is published in Archaic Chinese Jades from the Edward and Louise B. Sonnenschein Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 1953, pl. XXXIX, no. 8. See also a Dawenkou culture grey jade 'frog' pendant, also from the Peony collection, sold in these rooms, 28th/29th November 2019, lot 739.
Sotheby's. CHINA / 5000 YEARS, Hong Kong, 05 June 2020