Junkunc: Arts of Ancient China

Sotheby's
New York

Datum der Auktion: 19.03.2019

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A RARE PALE GREEN JADE 'DRAGON' PENDANT, XI EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY

finely carved, the arched body tapered and terminating in a pointed tip, the other side in a dragon-head in profile, its hooked beak open revealing pointed teeth, blunted snout and long horns pinned back against the head, and with a C-shaped aperture for suspension, the body finely incised with fine

Los #: 101

Schätzpreis: 20.000 $ - 30.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A RARE PAIR OF PARCEL-GILT SILVER 'FLORAL' HAIRPINS TANG DYNASTY

each of thin silver sheet, composed of a double-pronged pin terminating in a broad leaf-shaped finial worked in mirror image, enclosing three large overlapping leaves engraved with flower sprays and foliate scrolls against a stipple ground, heightened with gilt detail, flanked by two reticulated

Los #: 102

Schätzpreis: 10.000 $ - 15.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A RARE ARCHAIC BRONZE CEREMONIAL HALBERD BLADE (GE) EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY,...

well cast with the gently curved yuan extending to the nei in the form of a ferocious mythical feline with mouth agape revealing sharp fangs, its sinuous scaly body terminating in muscular limbs and sharp claws, grasping a bird facing in the opposite direction detailed with large rounded eyes and

Los #: 103

Schätzpreis: 20.000 $ - 30.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A RARE CALCIFIED JADE MINIATURE 'DOUBLE-DAGGER' PENDANT SHANG/WESTERN...

each blade following the form of a ge dagger, one slightly longer than the other, the beveled surface of each with three ridges extending to the slightly curved tapered tips, the center of the toothed tang pierced, joined together along a short strip of the adjacent edges Length 3 3/8 in., 8.7 cm

Los #: 104

Schätzpreis: 6.000 $ - 8.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A BRONZE MAT WEIGHT HAN DYNASTY

cast in the round, the figure seated with the head bowed and legs tucked under, leaning on one arm, the other resting on the knee, wearing a voluminous robe with the long sleeves concealing the hands, the face incised with bushy brows and beard with a broad nose, extensive remnants of red pigment

Los #: 105

Schätzpreis: 10.000 $ - 15.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE YELLOW AND RUSSET JADE FIGURE OF A MYTHICAL TOAD...

masterfully carved in the round, the mythical creature kneeling, its fingers clasped at the chest above the rounded belly, the face with a snout nose framed by bulging eyes beneath heavy lids, all above the wide lipped mouth open in a grimace and with long whiskers on either side, the top of the

Los #: 106

Schätzpreis: 200.000 $ - 300.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE GILT AND SILVERED GLASS-INLAID BIRD-FORM FITTING EASTERN...

elaborately cast in the form of a mythical bird depicted frontally, with its head modeled in high relief, detailed with black glass-inlaid eyes and a short pointed beak, its wings outstretched accentuated with silver scrolls, its long gently curved tail extending upward into a fan shape, the reverse

Los #: 107

Schätzpreis: 30.000 $ - 50.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A RARE PAIR OF ARCHAIC BRONZE 'TAOTIE' FITTINGS LATE SHANG / WESTERN ZHOU...

each crisply cast in the form of a mask with recessed lines defining the details, the two protruding eyes flanked by a pair of pointed ears, the wide jaw flanked by hooked fangs and centered by a curved snout, all surmounted by a pair of capped horns, the back set with a horizontal bar for

Los #: 108

Schätzpreis: 5.000 $ - 7.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A RARE CALCIFIED JADE 'GOOSE' PENDANT SIX DYNASTIES OR EARLIER

of flattened form, carved in profile, the plump bird recumbent with its leg tucked under, its long neck extended and head uplifted, the silhouette of a long-necked goose, pierced through upper neck for suspension, the calcified stone of an even creamy brown tone Length 4 3/4 in., 12 cm

Los #: 109

Schätzpreis: 8.000 $ - 12.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A PAINTED GRAY POTTERY FIGURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST HAN DYNASTY

the beast modeled standing four square, with head lowered and muscular haunches bracing as if about to charge, the crown and neck with three imposing pointed horns, a row of four studs along the spine, continuing to a long tail curled back, the right hind leg with a large grooved spiral, with traces

Los #: 110

Schätzpreis: 5.000 $ - 7.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND IMPORTANT ARCHAIC BRONZE CEREMONIAL HALBERD...

finely cast with the elongated yuan divided by a raised ridge in the middle of each side and extending downward to form the hu, inscribed to one side with eight characters reading Chu Qu Shutuo, Qu X zhisun, all bordered by sharply finished edges, the end pierced with three vertically arranged chuan

Los #: 111

Schätzpreis: 200.000 $ - 300.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A RARE GILT-BRONZE 'DRAGON AND TIGER' BRUSH HANDLE WESTERN HAN DYNASTY

intricately cast in high relief in the form of two fiercely combating tigers, beneath a sinuous dragon writhing through clouds with its head raised, all above a rectangular socket, wood stand (2) Height 3 3/8 in., 8.7 cm

Los #: 112

Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A RARE SANCAI-GLAZED POTTERY FIGURE OF A SPOTTED BULL TANG DYNASTY

well modeled standing four square, the pointed ears alert and tail to one side, the dewlap hanging low and the neck with incised folds of skin, the pinkish buff body covered with a straw-colored glaze, intermittently applied with dapples of glassy sky blue against larger splashes of dark amber glaze

Los #: 113

Schätzpreis: 10.000 $ - 15.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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AN EXCEPTIONAL HARDSTONE AND GLASS-INLAID GILT-BRONZE BELT HOOK HAN DYNASTY

cast in the form of a powerful mythical animal mask resembling a tiger, detailed with feline features, its almond-shaped eyes inlaid with glass, its forehead inset with a circular hardstone, a tapering hook rising from the top of its head terminating in a double-horned chilong head, the concave

Los #: 114

Schätzpreis: 20.000 $ - 30.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A BLUE-SPLASHED POTTERY JAR AND COVER TANG DYNASTY

of slightly compressed ovoid form, the rounded sides tapering to a short splayed foot, and rising to an everted lipped rim, the buff pinkish body covered by a thin layer of white slip around the neck and sides, with irregular splashes of vibrant cobalt blue glaze cascading in painterly drips from

Los #: 115

Schätzpreis: 10.000 $ - 15.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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AN EXCEPTIONAL GILT-BRONZE DRAGON SIX DYNASTIES

superbly modeled, the striding dragon cast in suspended movement, its elongated sinewy body raised on four powerful limbs terminating in three-clawed paws, trailed by a long curling tail, the imperious head held high and proud atop a slender S-shaped neck, with a single horn above protruding

Los #: 116

Schätzpreis: 100.000 $ - 150.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A WHITE JADE BELT PLAQUE TANG DYNASTY OR LATER

carved in relief to one side with a musician, possibly of Central Asian origin, seated on an oval mat playing a pipa, the figure enclosed within an undulating frame, the other side possibly later-carved with a sinewy coiled dragon encircling a floret amidst clouds extending over the top edge of the

Los #: 117

Schätzpreis: 6.000 $ - 8.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A PAIR OF PAINTED POTTERY FIGURES OF WARRIORS NORTHERN WEI DYNASTY

each modeled in the round, standing at attention with one arm by the side and one resting on a long shield molded with a scowling monster mask, the face echoing this expression with a similar downturned mouth, furrowed brows and with a dark curly beard, attired in armor, a tunic with two

Los #: 118

Schätzpreis: 5.000 $ - 7.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A RARE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A LION TANG DYNASTY

stately modeled seated on its haunches, the powerful forelegs firmly planted, the head detailed with fierce protruding rounded eyes, thick brows, agape mouth revealing teeth and sharp fangs, and leaf-shaped ears swept to the back, long mane falling into luxurious spiraling curls, the long bushy tail

Los #: 119

Schätzpreis: 40.000 $ - 60.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A LARGE AND RARE WHITE MARBLE CARVING OF A BODHISATTVA TANG DYNASTY

beautifully carved in the round, standing in contrapposto with a basket held in the proper right hand, the body lavishly adorned with beaded necklaces in scalloped tiers and jeweled pendants, an elaborate multi-strand necklace harness crossed over the sensual, rounded belly and looped to either

Los #: 120

Schätzpreis: 600.000 $ - 800.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A RARE MOLDED GREEN-GLAZED POTTERY JAR LATE TANG/LIAO DYNASTY

superbly modeled, the ovoid form rising from a short splayed foot to a flat shoulder incised with a band of s-curves, surmounted by a narrow lipped rim, a row of molded petal-form lappets applied below the shoulder, each centering a floral spray, the body applied with twelve teardrop-shaped

Los #: 121

Schätzpreis: 15.000 $ - 25.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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AN EXTREMELY RARE GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A PHOENIX HAN DYNASTY

solidly cast, the mythical bird cast standing with its wings folded back against its body and its tail fanned out behind it in five broad plumes, the head held high and clasping a 'pearl' in its open beak, the face with bulging eyes beneath a crested crown, the sturdy legs terminating in large

Los #: 122

Schätzpreis: 80.000 $ - 120.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A SANCAI-GLAZED POTTERY AMPHORA TANG DYNASTY

elegantly potted, the slightly splayed foot swelling to high, rounded shoulders surmounted by a tall waisted neck and everted lipped rim, set with two curved dragon-headed handles applied with spiral bosses extending from the mouth to the base of the neck, the top half amber-glazed with resist

Los #: 123

Schätzpreis: 6.000 $ - 8.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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AN SPLENDID AND RARE GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRONZE CROSSBOW FITTING WARRING...

the rectangular hollow section terminating in a mythical beast head detailed with large protruding eyes and flared nostrils, its lower jaw curving upward extending into a long sinuous neck and bird head depicted with rounded eyes and a hooked beak, the surface inlaid in gold and silver with abstract

Los #: 124

Schätzpreis: 30.000 $ - 50.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A PAINTED MARBLE DOUBLE BODHISATTVA STELE NORTHERN QI DYNASTY, DATED TO...

carved with twin Avalokiteshvara standing side by side in similar poses, each holding a flower bud in the raised proper right hand, wearing a diadem with ribbons hanging down over the shoulders, the robes festooned with numerous sashes crossed over the body and skirt, the bodhisattvas standing

Los #: 125

Schätzpreis: 200.000 $ - 300.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A PALE GREEN AND BROWN JADE TIGER MING DYNASTY

carved in the round, the coiled recumbent feline with its legs tucked under its body, the head lowered resting on the front paws, the long tail curled around the body and nestled between the head and paws, the face with squared eyes above a ruyi-form nose and straight mouth suggested by a single

Los #: 126

Schätzpreis: 60.000 $ - 80.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A RARE BONE COMB SONG / JIN DYNASTY

of half-moon shape, the closely arranged teeth framed by an arched band pierced with a kalavinka in flight amid an undulating scroll issuing large leaves and flowers, the details finely incised Width 5 1/8 in., 13 cm

Los #: 127

Schätzpreis: 4.000 $ - 6.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A RARE BRONZE RITUAL LADLE (DOU) LATE SHANG DYNASTY

the barrel-shaped bowl cast with the deep rounded sides rising from a slightly concave base, the exterior decorated with a wide band of slender vertical ribs, the short handle gently curved upward, decorated to the top in relief with a beast mask, detailed with large protruding eyes, leaf-shaped

Los #: 128

Schätzpreis: 50.000 $ - 70.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A SEATED BODHISATTVA SUI / TANG DYNASTY

the deity seated with a single leg crossed over a pendent leg, one hand raised up, the other resting on the knee, the dhoti and shawl draped over the shoulder and falling in natural folds around the contours of the body, adorned with an elaborate necklace and jeweled earrings, the face bearing a

Los #: 129

Schätzpreis: 80.000 $ - 120.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019

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AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE INSCRIBED STONE LION SUI DYNASTY, DATED DAYE 1ST...

powerfully carved, the muscular beast shown seated on its haunches licking its left foreleg, its head detailed with large rounded eyes below thick bushy brows, surmounted by pointed ears pressed back against the long mane flowering back over the neck, the arched back extending to a long bushy tail

Los #: 130

Schätzpreis: 50.000 $ - 70.000 $

Datum: 19.03.2019