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 17

Bead/Pendant Engraved with Animal Mask, 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 7/16 in. W: 2 1/2 in. Th: 3/4 in.


The above ornamental work was likely worn as a pendant that would be attached via a small hole that is drilled out through the top center to the bottom center. Its color is a creamy pale orange and is decorated on its front with simplified animal mask. The mask is characterized by its oval eye sockets that are open at their bottom edges flowing into the beasts nose ridge. The mouth is a closed, rounded rectangle. This work is in fair condition with some chips, cracks, and scratches. This work DOES NOT come with a display base.