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 42

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

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$2,000 $50
$5,000 $100
Jade, H: 1 5/8 in. W: 4 3/8 in. Th: 3/16 in.


This engraved pendant would have been the central component of an elaborate necklace and likely worn by someone of the establishment class. There is a low relief animal mask carved into its center which is characterized by ovular shaped eye sockets enveloping circular pupils. The nose is defined with a nasal ridge and wide nostrils and the mouth is delineated by a rounded rectangle. There is finely carved scrollwork throughout the inside of the low relief image. At the top left and right corners are perforations drilled for the purpose of affixing the jade to the necklace. The appearance is a lime green jade with scattered orange inclusions caused by iron oxide. The pendant is in very good condition despite a small, well-weathered chip on it's top right/rear side. This object DOES NOT come with a display base.