Dimensions: 11.7cm wide, 7cm high
– The Arthur M. Sackler Collection
– Christie’s New York, ‘Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art’, 25 March 2010, lot 1074
The mottled jade vessel modelled in the form of an archaic bronze ritual pouring vessel, ’gong’, decorated with ‘taotie’ masks centred on vertical flanges, set between a stylised band of dragons, phoenix and ‘C’-scrolls. The handle carved in the form of a dragon head. The stone of the vessel is ofa pale celadon tone with pale russet inclusions.
Compare a similar example with lid, illustrated in ‘Jade’, Roger Keverne, London, 1992, p. 143, fig. 36. A slightly later example of similar size was sold at Christie’s London, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 6 November 2012, lot 318.