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 7

Comb Crown with Animal Mask Engraving, Late Neolithic Period, Liangzhu Culture (3200 - 2300 BCE)

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$2,000 $50
$5,000 $100
Jade, H: 2 1/2 in. W: 3 7/8 in. Th: 1/8 in.


The above object is referred to as a "comb crown" and would have been fitted with an ivory "comb" that would be lashed to its five small holes and used as a hair ornament. The animal mask on its forward facing side is characterized by ovular shaped eye sockets enveloping circular pupils. There is a raised band forming the bridge of its nose and a thin rounded rectangle delineating the mouth. There is finely carved scrollwork throughout the inside of the low relief image. The stone itself is bone white with russet brown veins and typical of archaic jades from the moist climate of the southeastern coastal region of China. This object is in very fine condition and DOES NOT come with a display base.