Lot 175. A jade 'bird-head' ge-shaped pendant, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC); 7.6 cm. Lot sold: 529,200 HKD (Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022
modelled in the form of a thin ge-blade, softly polished with subtle bevelling, rendered with a crowned bird head with minimalistic eyes and a hooked beak, the stone of a creamy beige tone.
Provenance: Pin Chen Tang, Hong Kong, 16th July 1988.
Literature: Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 10:27.
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