Lot 160. A small jade carving of twin female dancers, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475-221 BC); 3.7 cm. Lot sold: 529,200 HKD (Estimate: 100,000 - 150,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022
modelled as a pair of conjoined female figures, their hands clasped in front of the chests, depicted with incised facial features and striated hair tied at the back, dressed in waisted robes detailed with cross-hatched triangular motifs, all between a horizontal bar with a median groove and an upside-down animal mask, vertically perforated at the centre.
Provenance: R.H. Ellsworth Ltd, New York, 21st December 1987.
Literature: Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 19:3.
Exhibited: British Museum, London, on loan, 1995.
Sotheby's. HOTUNG The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung: Part 1, Hong Kong, 9 October 2022