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 35

Bracelet/Armlet, Late Neolithic Period, Liangzhu Culture , Late Neolithic Period, Liangzhu Culture

Estimate: $3,500 - $7,500

Bid Increments

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$0 $25
$2,000 $50
$5,000 $100
Jade, H: 9/16 in. Dia: 3 1/2 in.


Dr. Elizabeth Childs-Johnson and Gu Fang write of this work in a catalog published by Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc. in 2012 on occasion of the exhibition entitled: Liangzhu Late Neolithic Jades: The tube-style ring is one of several types of bracelets found in elite male and female tombs of the Liangzhu cultural period. It is a rare type in terms of its décor. Three images of the standardized animal visage alternate with pairs of short linear striations around the circumference of the bracelet. Typical attributes of the animal face include the large loop-shaped eye sockets that frame circular pupils and bracket a broad triangular-shaped nasal ridge. A bas-relief oval identifies the animal's mouth. This is the image type decorated In eight cartouches of the Liangzhu bracelet housed in the Harvard University Art Museum (see Childs-Johnson and Gu 2010: colorpl. p. 53). As with the example well known from the Freer Gallery of Art (see Childs-Johnson and Gu 2010: nos. 3-10, pp. 50-51) the bracelet is discolored a chocolate brown yet, in the present example, is a dark and dry, almost black. Originally highly polished, the form is exquisitely worked in detail and shape. Comparable examples are represented in excavations of Liangzhu period burials (Zhejiang 2005 xia vol.: colorpls. 1010-1051). (pp. 90-91)