Throckmorton Fine Art
Timed Auction

Liangzhu: Ritual Objects at the Dawn of China’s Jade Age

Thu, May 19, 2022 12:00AM EDT - Fri, Jun 3, 2022 05:00PM EDT
Lot 18

Bead, Late Neolithic Period, Liangzhu Culture (3200 - 2300 BCE)

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$2,000 $50
$5,000 $100
Jade, H: 1 1/16 in. Dia: 1 7/8 in.


This jade bead has been altered to a milky white and is decorated with one of the most typical images in Liangzhu Culture, the animal mask. Minimally carved in low relief, this mask has oval eye sockets that are open at their bottom edges flowing into the beasts nose ridge. The mouth is a closed, rounded rectangle. The bead, which is ornamental, would be affixed via the biconical hole drilled through its center. The bead is smooth and had no chips or cracks. This item does not come with a display base.