Lot 156. A cylindrical jade 'taotie' bead, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC). Length 3.8 cm, 1½ in. Lot sold: 138,600 GBP (Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 GBP). © 2022 Sotheby's.
of tubular form, slightly flared at one end, carved from extensively calcified pale green jade, carved in relief on the exterior with taotie heads.
Provenance: Collection of Mr and Mrs Richard C. Bull.
Sotheby's New York, 6th December 1983, lot 151.
Literature: Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 14:2.
Exhibited: Anthology of Chinese Art: Min Chiu Society Silver Jubilee Exhibition, Hong Kong, 1985, cat. no. 196.
Sotheby's. HOTUNG | 何東 The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung | Part II: Day. London, 8 December 2022