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Lot 62. A celadon jade 'animal mask' plaque, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770-475 BC); 3.7 cm, 1 ⅜ inEstimate: 100,000 - 200,000 HKDLot sold 176,400 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

skilfully worked on one side with the upper trapezoidal section rendered with double-line scrollwork and pierced with three apertures, including a pair of reverse U-form, the lower section depicting the animal mask, the reverse with one bevelled section, the top and base of the plaque with two further apertures.

Property from the Hei-Chi Collection.

LiteratureJiang Tao and Liu Yunhui, Jades from the Hei-Chi Collection, Beijing, 2006, p. 71.

NoteA closely related plaque excavated from the tomb of Meng, the monarch of the State of Huang, Baoxiangsi, Henan, is published in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China, vol. 5: Henan, Beijing, 2005, pl. 184; and another single example, together with a string of 24 plaques incised with simplified animal masks, was excavated from Liujiadianzi, Yishu, Shandong, illustrated ibid., vol. 4: Shandong, pls 181-2..

Sotheby's. Monochrome II, 9 October 2020, Hong Kong