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Chinese Archaic Ox Head with Script Pei Amulet
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Description
This unusual archaic jade ox head pei is most likely from the Hongshan, a neolithic culture in northwest China (3500 to 2000 BC). Hongshan burial artifacts include some of the earliest known examples of jade working. Jade was used as early as the fifth millennium BCE for making personal ornaments and small animal sculptures. In early Chinese art, animal motifs are generally either naturalistic or highly stylized – but in both cases, the artist always appears to have developed a close intimacy with the animals. Although we do not know the exact meaning of animal motifs, the context of similar finds suggests that these creatures were part of the religious or shamanic system. The amulet is approximately 2-5/8 inches long, 2-1/2 inches wide, and is 1/4 inches thick.
Condition
The nephrite exhibits minor edge wear commensurate with age, moderate surface alteration with mineral suffusion, and waxy luster from partial restoration. From a private collection, this artifact is clean, however will be sold without further restoration (as is).
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Chinese Archaic Ox Head with Script Pei Amulet

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Dec 31, 2017
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This unusual archaic jade ox head pei is most likely from the Hongshan, a neolithic culture in northwest China (3500 to 2000 BC). Hongshan burial artifacts include some of the earliest known examples of jade working. Jade was used as early as the fifth millennium BCE for making personal ornaments and small animal sculptures. In early Chinese art, animal motifs are generally either naturalistic or highly stylized – but in both cases, the artist always appears to have developed a close intimacy with the animals. Although we do not know the exact meaning of animal motifs, the context of similar finds suggests that these creatures were part of the religious or shamanic system. The amulet is approximately 2-5/8 inches long, 2-1/2 inches wide, and is 1/4 inches thick.
Condition
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The nephrite exhibits minor edge wear commensurate with age, moderate surface alteration with mineral suffusion, and waxy luster from partial restoration. From a private collection, this artifact is clean, however will be sold without further restoration (as is).

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