Lot 158 A small jade reptile, Shang dynasty (c. 1500-1050 BC). Length 6.8 cm, 2⅝ in. Lot sold: 18,900 GBP (Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 GBP). © 2022 Sotheby's.
carved from a thin slice of grey-green jade with notches to suggest the horns, eyes and limbs of a lizard, tapering to a pointed tail.
Provenance: Collection of Mr and Mrs Richard C. Bull.
Sotheby's New York, 6th December 1983, lot 126.
Literature: Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 12:19.
Sotheby's. HOTUNG | 何東 The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung | Part II: Day. London, 8 December 2022