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 13

Engraved Shaman Pendant, Late Neolithic Period, Liangzhu Culture (3200 - 2300 BCE)

Estimate: $5,500 - $12,000

Bid Increments

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


This impressive engraved pendant depicts one of the most recognizable and representational figures found on some Liangzhu objects. A shaman, or perhaps a deity (but certainly someone powerful), adorned with a feathered headdress is depicted atop a large beast. The human-like figure's headdress and body are elaborately embellished, while its face is left stark and simply carved with eyes, nose, and gritted teeth. The beast is represented only by its large head with wide eyes, flared nostrils, and teeth that appear on the underside of the pendant. Both the human-like figure and his beast are carved in raised relief as a foreground onto a semi-triangular shaped pendant, with a background of stylized swirling clouds. The back of the pendant is unworked with the exception of the bullnose perforation used to affix the pendant. The stone is bone white with red inclusions throughout. The pendant is in very fine condition and DOES NOT come with a display base.
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