Lot 417. A large archaistic white jade sword or dagger guard, Western Han Dynasty or later; 3 1/2in (8.8cm) across. Estimate US$ 1,500 - 1,800. Sold for US$ 2,805 (€ 2,307). Courtesy Bonhams.
Of trapzoidal outline, one side carved with a large taotie within a beaded edge, the other side with two coiling chilong amidst cloud-form scrolling.
Property from the Estate of Robert P. Youngman.
Note: For a Western Han prototype with similar decoration to one side, see Jades from the Tomb of the King of Nanyue, Hong Kong, 1991, Pl. 221.
Bonhams. Fine Chinese and Japanese Works of Art Part II, 14 Dec 2020, Los Angeles