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 6

"D-Shaped" Pendant with Animal Mask Engraving, Late Neolithic Period, Liangzhu Culture (3200 - 2300 BCE)

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$2,000 $50
$5,000 $100
Jade, H: 2 5/8 in. W: 3 3/4 in. Th: 1/8 in.


The above engraved irregular pendant is thought to be an ornamental component of a headdress and is adorned with an abstract animal mask. The animal mask is characterized by ovular eye sockets enveloping circular pupils. There is a raised band forming the bridge of a nose and a rounded rectangle delineating the mouth. At the bottom left and right corners are holes drilled for the purpose of affixing the jade to the headdress. The appearance is a striking green jade peering out from an altered white surface on the front and a green and rust colored expression on the back. The alteration of the stone can be felt when handling the object with the pristine smooth green jade contrasting the matte white alteration. This object is in very fine condition and DOES NOT come with a display base.