20 décembre 2022

A cylindrical jade 'taotie' bead, Shang dynasty

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... [Lire la suite]