04 août 2019

Jade Figure of a Kneeling Man, Shang dynasty (c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE), 12th-11th century BCE

Jade Figure of a Kneeling Man, Shang dynasty (c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE), 12th-11th century BCE. Calcified, bone-colored nephrite. H. 4.3 x W. 2.8 cm (1 11/16 x 1 1/8 in.), Weight 54 g. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.50.317. © President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Shang refined Neolithic jade-making practices, fashioning ritual blades and implements of even greater sophistication than those of their predecessors, incorporating jade blades into... [Lire la suite]

21 août 2017

A superbly carved Chinese jade figure of a mythical horse, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Lot 174. A superbly carved Chinese jade figure of a mythical horse, Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Estimate $ 40,000-60,000. Photo Leonard Joel. The mottled white jade figure, recumbent atop a bed of swirling waves and rockwork, with finely combed mane, its head turned towards a collection of books bound together with a flowing sash, symbolic of one of 'the four accomplishments' upon its back, the body depicted with scales and a dragon tail, in keeping with the Chinese legend of Haima (Sea Horse), 17.25cm length, with... [Lire la suite]
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19 juillet 2012

Jade figure of a crouching animal. China, Han dynasty (206 BC- AD 220)

Jade figure of a crouching animal. China, Han dynasty (206 BC- AD 220). Height: 2.800 cm. Length: 8.000 cm. On loan from a private collection OA 26:7. The British Museum. © 2003 Private Collection © Trustees of the British Museum The people of the Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) believed that animals, both real and mythical, provided contact with the spirit world. Some might avert evil, bring good luck or appear when auspicious events were about to occur. Emperors and officials lined the approaches... [Lire la suite]
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