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Auction Description for Bernstorf: Asian Arts and Antiques
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Asian Arts and Antiques

by Auktionshaus Gut Bernstorf


573 lots with images

May 4, 2013

Live Auction

Gut Bernstorf

Kranzberg, 85402 Germany

Phone: +49 8166 9932-11

Fax: +49 8166 9932-22

Email: auktion@gutbernstorf.de

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Snake Bowl, very rare shell with molded snake

Lot 1: Snake Bowl, very rare shell with molded snake

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Description: Snake Bowl, very rare shell with molded snake motif, probably Harappan culture, Indus Valley about 2000 - 1800 BC, round painted relief decoration of four snakes, edge decorated geometrically, down with branches of Pipal tree, attached black pigments bright tone, narrow foot ring, Traces of old earth from the locality, very good condition, minor chips at the top, museum quality, from old Dutch collection, H = 14.5, D = 23.5 cm

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Rare high shell, probably Nindowari Culture Indus

Lot 2: Rare high shell, probably Nindowari Culture Indus

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Description: Rare high shell, probably Nindowari Culture Indus Valley, about 2300 - 2000 BC , circular frieze of cattle and pipal trees, the upper edge a band of geometric motifs, black pigments light red parts, Stand scoring on the bottom, this indecipherable, old earth from locality, excellent, museum preservation of old Dutch private collection, H = 15.0, D = 20.5 cm

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Tall Cup, probably Nindowari culture, Indus

Lot 3: Tall Cup, probably Nindowari culture, Indus

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Description: Tall Cup, probably Nindowari culture, Indus Valley, about 2300 to 2000 BC, circular frieze with bull-Pipal tree picture black pigments bright reddish clay, round ring base, natural adhesions from the locality, good condition, small chips at the top and the bulge, from old Dutch private collection H = 9.5 D = 13.5 cm

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Interesting reservoir, Indus Valley culture (ca.

Lot 4: Interesting reservoir, Indus Valley culture (ca.

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Description: Interesting reservoir, Indus Valley culture (ca. 2800-1800 BC), compressed spherical form, towards the mouth tapered vertically, slightly raised edge. Bright red clay with bright engobe, geometric ornamentsin black cold paint, circular concentric circles with notched bands, perfectly preserved, D = 12.0 H = 9.0 cm. Nice collector's item with museum suitability. From an old Dutch private collection. Not: The Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization was one of the earliest urban civilizations developed along the Indus River in the northwest of the Indian subcontinent. They extended over almost the entire present-day Pakistan and parts of India and Afghanistan.

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Rare drinking vessel, Indus Valley culture

Lot 5: Rare drinking vessel, Indus Valley culture

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Description: Rare drinking vessel, Indus Valley culture (2800-1800 BC), spherical body in a small conical stand, bright sound with polychrome cold painted, different fish alternating with abstract motifs. Good condition, strong buildup of locality patina and encrustations. From old Dutch private collection. D = 8.5 H = 7.5 cm

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Rare drinking bowl, Indus Valley Culture

Lot 6: Rare drinking bowl, Indus Valley Culture

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Description: Rare drinking bowl, Indus Valley Culture (2800-1800 BC), light red clay with black cold colour painting on light engobe below the upper edge. Below a small bead on the bulge remains of red engobe. Interior painting. Old chip from use at the base ring and the belly ring, otherwise in very good condition. From old private collection. D = 12.5 H = 5.5 cm

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Hoard Vessel, Indus Valley Culture (2800-1800 BC),

Lot 7: Hoard Vessel, Indus Valley Culture (2800-1800 BC),

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Description: Hoard Vessel, Indus Valley Culture (2800-1800 BC), bright clay with geometric ornament in cold colour painting in black, good condition, D = 12.0 H = 9.0 cm Note: The Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization was one of the earliest urban civilizations developed along the Indus River in the northwest of the Indian subcontinent. They extended over almost the entire present-day Pakistan and parts of India and Afghanistan.

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Small Ceramic Container, Indus Valley culture

Lot 8: Small Ceramic Container, Indus Valley culture

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Description: Small Ceramic Container, Indus Valley culture (2800-1800 BC), bright clay with geometric cold colour paint in black, based on a flat ring base, very good condition, D = 12.5 H = 7.5 cm

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Hoard Vessel, Indus Valley Culture (ca. 2800-1800

Lot 9: Hoard Vessel, Indus Valley Culture (ca. 2800-1800

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Description: Hoard Vessel, Indus Valley Culture (ca. 2800-1800 BC), light red clay with strong geometric cold colour paint in black. Down slightly tapered shape with horizontally flattened shoulder, narrow mouth with slightly to the outside pulled lip. Remains of soil from burial locality, age patina with encrustations. Well preserved collection piece from a Dutch private collection. D = 13.0 H = 8.5 cm Note: The Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization was one of the earliest urban civilizations that developed along the Indus River in the northwest of the Indian subcontinent. They extended over almost the entire present-day Pakistan and parts of India and Afghanistan.

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Lentilshaped hoard vessel, Indus Valley Culture

Lot 10: Lentilshaped hoard vessel, Indus Valley Culture

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Description: Lentilshaped hoard vessel, Indus Valley Culture (2800-1800 BC), bright clay with cold paint in black on light engobe, leaves and geometric ornaments interchanging, chips at the mouth, old restoration of a large area, D = 16.0 H = 9.5 cm

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Perforated clay pot, Indus Valley culture

Lot 11: Perforated clay pot, Indus Valley culture

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Description: Perforated clay pot, Indus Valley culture (2800-1800 BC), probably flea trap or strainer, yellowish clay, rare specimen, well preserved, D = 5.0 H = 9.0 cm Note: The Bronze Age Indus- culture was one of the earliest urban civilizations developed along the Indus River in the northwest of the Indian subcontinent. They extended over almost the entire present-day Pakistan and parts of India and Afghanistan.

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Small reservoir, Indus Valley culture (2800-1800

Lot 12: Small reservoir, Indus Valley culture (2800-1800

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Description: Small reservoir, Indus Valley culture (2800-1800 BC), bright tone with geometric painted in black on a bright cold engobe, strongly recognizable Abdrehringe, minor old chips, very good condition, D = 11.0 H = 6.5 cm

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Bowl with slightly curved hoisted flag Indus

Lot 13: Bowl with slightly curved hoisted flag Indus

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Description: Bowl with slightly curved hoisted flag Indus Valley culture (2800-1800 BC), light red clay with black cold enamel in the form of a flower on beige engobe on the inside of the shell. Very good condition, strong buildup of locality earth. From old Dutch private collection. D = 12.5 H = 4.0 cm

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Stand on a flat plate, Indus Valley culture

Lot 14: Stand on a flat plate, Indus Valley culture

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Description: Stand on a flat plate, Indus Valley culture (2800-1800 BC), bright tone with black cold enamel, animal motifs alternating with abstract motifs. Very good condition, strong buildup of locality patina and encrustations. From old Dutch private collection. D = 12.5 H = 2.0 cm

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Flat spherical reservoir, Indus Valley culture

Lot 15: Flat spherical reservoir, Indus Valley culture

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Description: Flat spherical reservoir, Indus Valley culture (2800-1800 BC), light red clay with geometric cold painted in black and red on light engobe, old restored, D = 14.0 H = 8.0 cm

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Bellied drinking vessel, Indus Valley culture

Lot 16: Bellied drinking vessel, Indus Valley culture

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Description: Bellied drinking vessel, Indus Valley culture (2800-1800 BC), light red clay with black cold enamel below the upper edge on light engobe, very good condition. From old private collection. D = 12.5 H = 5.5 cm

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Small dish on stand, Indus Valley culture

Lot 17: Small dish on stand, Indus Valley culture

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Description: Small dish on stand, Indus Valley culture (2800-1800 BC), earthenware with bright geometric cold painted in black on the mirror. Good condition, D = 12.0 H = 3.5 cm.

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Rice bowls, the Indus Valley culture (2800-1800

Lot 18: Rice bowls, the Indus Valley culture (2800-1800

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Description: Rice bowls, the Indus Valley culture (2800-1800 BC), light red clay with black, geometric, well preserved. Buildup of locality patina and encrustations. From old private collection. D = 12.0 H = 6.0 cm

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Small dish on stand, Indus Valley culture

Lot 19: Small dish on stand, Indus Valley culture

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Description: Small dish on stand, Indus Valley culture (2800-1800 BC), earthenware with bright geometric cold painted in black on the mirror. Signs and fire crack, otherwise very good condition, D = 12.0 H = 3.0 cm.

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Lot of 38 exquisite, ancient Chinese stone

Lot 20: Lot of 38 exquisite, ancient Chinese stone

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Description: Lot of 38 exquisite, ancient Chinese stone artifacts. Partially described in the reference book "China, early stone artifacts", by E. & K. Klenkler and Jiang Zekun, edited by Dodo Publications, Geneva. This extensive collection is certainly an asset to any historical or ethnographic department of a well-stocked museum . The individual artifacts are listed under the 38 lot numbers mentioned below and will not be called individually should the whole collection be sold as one batch. The convolute comprises the following catalogue numbers of this item: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 41, 45, 46, 51, 54, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 83, 84, 343

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Lot of 21 exquisite, ancient Chinese stone

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Description: Lot of 21 exquisite, ancient Chinese stone artifacts. Partially described in the reference book "China, early stone artifacts", by E. & K. Klenkler and Jiang Zekun, edited by Dodo Publications, Geneva. This extensive collection is certainly an asset to any historical or ethnographic department of a well-stocked museum .The individual artifacts are listed under the 21 lot numbers mentioned below and will not be called individually should the whole collection be sold as one batch. The comprehensive documentation consists of the following catalogue numbers of this auction: 28, 29, 30, 31, 37, 38, 39, 40, 43, 48, 49, 50, 52, 53, 56, 67, 73, 80, 85 , 353, 354

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Extremely rare ceremonial blade Dao, China,

Lot 22: Extremely rare ceremonial blade Dao, China,

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Description: Extremely rare ceremonial blade Dao, China, Longshan culture, probably Erlitou period (2000-1700 BC), blackish jade patina with traces of age, if looking through the object delicate translucent apple green parts can be seen. Very concise are the big four eyelets at the back, and after a course of rejuvenation in the form of the handle next to the typical trapezoidal shape (Tixing). All holes are running single taper. This Dao made of jade had no practical function, but an exclusively symbolic meaning as an emblem of highest dignity. Similar outer cutters and harvesting knives made from other materials belonged to ordinary population at harvest. All edges are straight out, however, the cutting of both sides shows a slight thickening at a shallow angle. The gray areas and veil are due to the appropriate ageing. Exceptionally well preserved regarding the size, an old fracture in the lower half has been restored. Provenance: Private Collection of an old French, ex collection G. Marris. L = 560.0, B = 93.0, T = 3.0 to 4.0 mm. Note: A similar object is in the possession of the British Museum, and another copy can be seen in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA. This lot is part of lot number 20 of this catalogue.

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Ancient ritual equipment, China, HongShan culture

Lot 23: Ancient ritual equipment, China, HongShan culture

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Description: Ancient ritual equipment, China, HongShan culture (about 4700-2900 before JC), dark green, almost blackish nephrite. Important is the intentional asymmetry of different lateral protuberances by which this object derives its special aesthetic appeal. The large central bore has no apparent function as a device for attaching a cord, which is much better placed above the two holes. Provenance: Private and old French Collection, ex collection G. Marris. Note: The function of this nearly perfect object, which Chinese museum professionals witnessed as spectacular of the HongShan culture is not known. The central hole makes us think of a functional proximity to the BI discs, especially since the early specimens often are rectangular or trapezoidal (with rounded corners). Due to its formal characteristics, it is assigned to the QI Group. The object was found together with the Jade object of the following lot number. This lot is part of lot number 20 of this catalogue.

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Exceptional Bi-Disk, China, Henan, Late Neolithic,

Lot 24: Exceptional Bi-Disk, China, Henan, Late Neolithic,

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Description: Exceptional Bi-Disk, China, Henan, Late Neolithic, probably Liangzhu period (ca. 3400-2250 BC), dark green jade, extremely thin edge of the disk, with inner edge pulled up and down, the inner surface is concave on the flat edge of the top and bottom five circumferential concentric rings, which come to lie exactly over each other. At these thinner sides the jade becomes translucent. Regarding the age of this item it's exquisite workmanship must be admired.The serrated edge show a wave-like structure and no regularity, here the path of the sun or other stars could be shown. The surfaces are polished and show traces of the expected age patina and encrustations. The inner edge has a no outbreak, the thin edge whows old repairs. The edge of the profile is completely preserved. Provenance: Private old French collection, ex collection G. Marris. D (outer) = 240.0, D (in) = 128.0, H (inner bead) = 22.0 mm, wall thickness of 2.0 mm. Note: Bi-discs symbolizes the sky and the sun which were used as grave goods for dignitaries to show the way to heaven for the deceased or given as a gift to the winner of a fight. This lot is part of lot 20 of this catalogue.

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Disc-shaped pendant, China, HongShan culture

Lot 25: Disc-shaped pendant, China, HongShan culture

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Description: Disc-shaped pendant, China, HongShan culture (about 4700-2900 before JC), made of greenish nephrite with natural grain, central bore in the form of drops, which is certainly a part of the design and not the attachment, because these are small round holes in the top mounted. Round and parametric quadratic elements related to each other in a graphical correlation, specific and symbolic levels can be derived: Shown are the round sides with direction to the horizon reaching heaven and earth with the four cardinal directions, ie more or less vertically to each other lateral boundaries. In the compound of the two dimensions in hard stone (duration), one can assume a material structure of the cosmos. Excellent state of preservation, encrustations. Provenance: Private old French collection, ex collection G. Marris dimensions H = about 84.0, B = about 115.0, D = 1.5 mm NB. In literature it is variously expressed that this round of the BI-form precedes. This lot is part of lot number 20 of this catalogue.

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Rare four-part plate, China, North Western

Lot 26: Rare four-part plate, China, North Western

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Description: Rare four-part plate, China, North Western Provinces Gangsu, QingHai, rarely ShaanXi, neolithic (7500-2000 BC) and Shang and Western Zhou period, apple green, partially translucent jade with bright natural grain segments each with one or two holes for fastening with fibers, tendon or cords, to make the segments form a circular disc. The holes are conically tapered side. This multi-piece wheels were later commonly used for funeral rites, it is understood that only a complete disk was added to the grave. Undamaged original condition. Provenance: Private old French collection, ex collection G. Marris. D (outer) = 245.0, D (in) = 121.0 Wall thickness = 4.0 mm Note: it is interesting that the items of the disc are placed just above the other to be inserted into the rock structure. This means that they have not been cut as a disk, they are segments of a circle from a prepared block. There is no clear indication of the function of these discs initiated by the inside diameter one can assume that they are also called Huang, ie as an arcuate followers (as they were popular in the Zhou Dynasty) were carried into multi-part slings, is purely speculative. This lot is part of lot number 20 of this catalogue.

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Rare three-piece plate, China, North Western

Lot 27: Rare three-piece plate, China, North Western

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Description: Rare three-piece plate, China, North Western Provinces Gangsu, QingHai, rarely ShaanXi, Neolithic (ca. 7500-2000 BC ago) by Shang and Western Zhou period. From orange-yellow jade with natural grain. Segments each one with two holes for fastening with fibers, tendon or cords, to make the segments from a circular disc. The holes are conically tapered. These multi-piece wheels were later commonly used for funeral rites, only a complete disk was added to the grave. Undamaged original condition. Provenance: Private old French collection, ex collection G. Marris. D (outer) = 153.0 D (in) = 37.0 Thickness = 4.0 mm Note: Interesting color of the processed stone. There is no clear indication of the function of these discs, they might also be called Huang, as the followers (as they were popular in the Zhou Dynasty) were carried into multi-part sling. This lot is part of lot numer 20 of this catalogue.

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Rare multi-piece wheel made of jade. China,

Lot 28: Rare multi-piece wheel made of jade. China,

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Description: Rare multi-piece wheel made of jade. China, Neolithic period (about 3500 BC). This three-piece thin disk of pale green jade with bright sintering is attributed to the type or Bi Huang. It comes from the northwestern provinces GanSu or QingHai. The origin is neolithic, such discs were also found as application in the funeral rites of the Shang. By tendons and cords they were connected to the two holes. It is striking that only insert the segments adjacent to the rock structure. This means that they were not cut as a disc, rather segments of a circle from the block. Provenance: from old French private collection provenance collection G. Marris. D = 194.0 B = 54.0 Thickness = 6.0 mm Note: There is no clear indication of its function, it is assumed that, as Huang, ie as an arcuate trailer (as in the Zhou Dynasty became popular) was born in multipart slings, is obvious. This lot is part of lot number 20 of this catalogue.

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Zoomorphic pectoral, China probably HongShan

Lot 29: Zoomorphic pectoral, China probably HongShan

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Description: Zoomorphic pectoral, China probably HongShan culture (ca. 4700-2900 BC), of dark green almost homogeneous nephrite, spectacular testimony can be interpreted as an early form of a dragon representation so that it is distantly related to the Zhoulong-sculptures, the body is not even relief caterpillar or otherwise charaterized. The gentle triangular shape of the slightly curved object contains except the head and the tail no physical element, which should allow a zoological classification. The head consists only of a raised brow and a nose, which is a side-mounted pair of eyes. Since teeth are missing as an expression of the ominous and the power the face seems somewhat to be unfinished. Traces of corrosion but no damage. At the head on both sides tapered bores. Interesting collection of museum object. Provenance: from old French private collection provenance collection G. Marris. H = 145.0 B = 100.0 approx thickness = 30.0 mm. This lot is part of lot number 21 of this catalogue.

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Lot of 24 fish, China, Northeastern Provinces,

Lot 30: Lot of 24 fish, China, Northeastern Provinces,

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Description: Lot of 24 fish, China, Northeastern Provinces, probably Neolithic (ca. 7500-2200 BC), from different rocks and different coloring and quality. The hole for the attachment shows the eye. This fish swarm apparently comes from a hanger, the number of fish and their arrangement is unknown. The fish are stylistically extremely reduced to a pointed head, a slender body and a stubby tail. A piece is broken, another shows old repairs, otherwise in excellent condition. Provenance: Private Collection Old French, ex collection G. Marris. L = about 50.0 to 80.0 mm, H = about 10.0 ~ 14.0mm Note: Fish symbolized wealth and fertility for centuries in China. In this variety in a single hanger they are however quite remarkable. Part of lot number 20 of this catalogue.

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Antique Chinese Bi-Disk, China HongShan culture

Lot 31: Antique Chinese Bi-Disk, China HongShan culture

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Description: Antique Chinese Bi-Disk, China HongShan culture (ca. 4700-2900 BC, or later), slightly arched in cross section and both the inner edges, as well as on the periphery in a sharp edge tapered, this is the north Neolithic production method. Semi-transparent green jade with rock inclusions, the outer curve is relatively uneven and has greater wear, very good condition. Provenance: from old French private collection provenance collection G. Marris. D = D = inside outside 124.0 25.0 D = 4,0 mm Note: In the Hongshan culture, the first round disks appear with only a central perforation of different dimensions. The most noticeable spread of the Bi grave goods then took place in the Liangzhou culture. Part of lot number 21 in this catalogue.

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Wengzhong, China, Han period (about 206 BC to 220

Lot 32: Wengzhong, China, Han period (about 206 BC to 220

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Description: Wengzhong, China, Han period (about 206 BC to 220 AD), made of dark green jade. This highly abstracted sculpture is a popular motif of the Han period. Performed similar to the Hanbadao style. Weng means "old man" and Wengzhong are the "venerable sages" on the road Shendao spirits. This often depicted figure shows a motif of the Han period and is very striking, pointed triangular head, covered with what belongs to the court dress hat and the two halves of the face disposed of minimalist expression. The only hinted beard on his chin and two short scores for the eyes, one for the mouth - then the gaze is directed at the viewer, unmoved face. Through the rear portion of the high-hat runs a bore at this eyelet such figures were also used as amulets. The figure wears a cape, the shoulders are narrow and, as in all known Jades of this type, the lower ends are bent down, including even a dress, from which the shoes look. Dark green jade, stronger on one side of incrustations, suitable for museum collection. Provenance: Private Collection Old French, ex collection G. Marris. H = 151.0 B = 30.0 T = 14.0 mm Note: Since the time of the late Zhou these figures were given to the grave, as a companion for eternity. Part of lot 20 of this catalogue.

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Rare Bi-Disk, China, later Zhou period (ca.

Lot 33: Rare Bi-Disk, China, later Zhou period (ca.

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Description: Rare Bi-Disk, China, later Zhou period (ca. 1000-250 BC), apple green, translucent jade, this remarkable valued ​​jade disc has a comprehensive symbolism. Uniform cloud pattern with raised portions, the narrow inner and outer edge of the disc is always smooth. Strong color and monochrome, symbols are typical for later Zhou period. First-class condition, one side with strong sintering. Provenance: Private Collection Old French, ex collection G. Marris. Dimensions: D (outer) = 194, D (in) = 37, thickness = 4.0 mm Note: Distribution of Bi grave goods took place in the Liangzhou culture. Usually only excellent pieces were used at a funeral in almost all noble tombs. This lot is part of lot number 20 of this catalogue.

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Hair tube, China, probably 722-481 BC Dark green

Lot 34: Hair tube, China, probably 722-481 BC Dark green

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Description: Hair tube, China, probably 722-481 BC Dark green nephrite (jade) with blackish inclusions. Polished smooth wall, thin wall, with traces inside the hole, sintering. Partially translucent, fine hairline crack, not consistently. Provenance: Private old French collection, ex collection G. Marris H = 109.0 D (outer) = 53.0 D = (in) 47.0 mm, wall thickness = 3.5 mm Note:. Presumably this tube is a product of two hollow holes, which were carried out in admirable perfection. The object may date from the time of the Spring and Autumn Annals as grave finds from this period are known with similar pieces. Locality Shanxi province, near Xi'An. This lot is part of lot number 20 of this catalogue.

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Lot of two reciprocal Zhulong

Lot 35: Lot of two reciprocal Zhulong "pig dragon", China,

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Description: Lot of two reciprocal Zhulong "pig dragon", China, probably HongShan culture (4700-2900 BC). Provenance: Private old French collection, ex collection G. Marris. Apple green-yellow jade with buildup of locality patina and strong sintering. Worm-like in a circle curved body with excessive head and big eyes, no visible limbs. Plastic sublime, indicated horns on the upper head part. The approximately C-shaped composition reminiscent of the morphologically similar C-kite. The screwed body is separated between snout and tail. In the back part is a hole on either side for attaching a cord. L = 30.0 W = 25.0 H = 11.0 mm. This lot is part of lot number 20 of this catalogue.

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Jade Dragon Huan, China, QiJia culture (2400-1900

Lot 36: Jade Dragon Huan, China, QiJia culture (2400-1900

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Description: Jade Dragon Huan, China, QiJia culture (2400-1900 BC). Jade Disk thin, black-green nephrite with low sintering, performed with one-sided conical inner wall without any elevation in the area. Serrated jaws, these curved almost to the circle. The back line is jagged and geometrically cut out, clearly lifted the short tail from the body. The dragon has a tense, threatening and wild appearance.. . Provenance: Private Collection Old French, ex collection G. Marris D (outer) = 143.0, D (in) = 50.0, thickness = 4.0 mm Note: Possibly the Huan wore bracelets for special occasions and not only on the occasion of a funeral. The black dragon is the latest from the Warring rich as the ruler of the flood, typhoons and storms. He is the destroyer and represents not only the (good) imperial power.This lot is part of lot 20 of this catalogue.

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Lot of two Neolithic mace heads, China, Mongolia

Lot 37: Lot of two Neolithic mace heads, China, Mongolia

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Description: Lot of two Neolithic mace heads, China, Mongolia well (about 2000 BC), interesting design with pronounced side prunts both sides tapered central bore, unusually small version. The other star-shaped bulges with strengthening signs of wear. Because of the small size this property is used as a centrifugal weight or stone. Hard basalt-like rock with sintering and adhesion of locality patina, very good condition. Provenance: from old French private collection provenance collection G. Marris. D = 47.0 H = 29.0 mm approx. This lot is part of lot number 21 of this catalogue.

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Lot of four slotted beads, China, Neolithic period

Lot 38: Lot of four slotted beads, China, Neolithic period

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Description: Lot of four slotted beads, China, Neolithic period (ca. 4300-2250 BC), in greenish, whitish or greenish brown jade, some unusual large designs, the elongated piece with its three conical Bohrungnen along the longitudinal axis of the larva resembles a silkworm, the other pieces apparently served as jewellery beads. The approaches of the holes are worked each conical. The pieces of evidence are apparently neolithic. These beads are difficult to shape they had a high value at the time of origin. The pieces are of excellent quality and without damage, worth collecting. Provenance: from old French private collection provenance collection G. Marris. between 42.0 to 60.0 L = D = about 22.0 to 26.0 mm. This lot is part of lot number 21 of this catalogue.

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Lot of 20 buttons or beads, China, Neolithic

Lot 39: Lot of 20 buttons or beads, China, Neolithic

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Description: Lot of 20 buttons or beads, China, Neolithic period (about 3500 BC), in various designs, square or octagonal in plan, each bead is crossed by six bore channels, four of which take the short way and two parallel holes and run at right angles to each other. Bright pale jade, irregular condition, which may therefore have been either attached to a chain and they have in turn been supported by other appendages or they were part of a network junction points as a three-dimensional hanging structure. Similar findings are hardly known, and references are no availablet. Provenance: from old French private collection provenance collection G. Marris. About L = 29, W = 27 H = 15mm. This lot is part of lot number 21 of this catalogue.

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Lot of six polygonal tube beads China, Neolithic

Lot 40: Lot of six polygonal tube beads China, Neolithic

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Description: Lot of six polygonal tube beads China, Neolithic period (ca. 4300-2250 BC), from gray black jade. Of these, one arched on three sides, pearl as a key element. Cut black-green shiny nephrit tubes, the latter a very rare one, if not unique piece. The octagonal columns were certainly part of a heavy chain of great dignity, and probably other tube beads surround a central element of great importance. The pieces were acquired over 50 years ago in Kung Ming, further details on the age and origin can not be made. From old German private collection. Provenance: from old French private collection provenance collection G. Marris. L = 57.0 W = 20.0 mm. This lot is part of lot 21 of this catalogue.

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Zhulong

Lot 41: Zhulong "pig dragon", China, probably HongShan

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Description: Zhulong "pig dragon", China, probably HongShan culture (4700-2900 BC). Milky white jade with strong buildup of locality patina and encrustations. Worm-like in a circle curved body with excessive head and big eyes, but without implied extremities. The nearly circular composition is separated between snout and tail with a nearly cenral bore through incision. In the back area there is a hole for attaching a hanging cord. Provenance: Private Collection Old French, ex collection G. Marris L = 50.0 W = 40.0 H = 17.0 mm NB. Waking caterpillar (large alert eyes), which unrolls as a kind of symbol of resurrection after death. This lot is part of lot 20 of this catalogue.

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GE - blade or spear-head, China, Warring States

Lot 42: GE - blade or spear-head, China, Warring States

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Description: GE - blade or spear-head, China, Warring States (475-211 BC), bronze, very nice uniform verdigris patina, slightly above center rib sided decor a taotie mask which expires towards the tip in a cloud pattern. The two slots on the blade edge and the rectangular hole on the bracket were the fastening of a wooden handle, with certificate of authenticity from Dr. Wolfgang Merkel. . Interestingly decorated or marked in the field below the handle L = 28.5 W = 11.0 cm NB. Literature: "Dian, a Sunken Kingdom" Page 90

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Massive flat ax neolithic, China Liangzhu culture

Lot 43: Massive flat ax neolithic, China Liangzhu culture

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Description: Massive flat ax neolithic, China Liangzhu culture (ca. 3500-2250 BC), Southern Coast / Yang Tse region. The ax is made from the typical whitish conglomerate for the Liangzhu culture. The flat curved scabbard shows some signs of use, indicating the at least occasional use as a weapon or ceremonial device. The drilled holes on both sides correspond to the unusual technology and processing methods in the Liangzhu culture. It is likely that the present object of lithic part was a battle ax, which was given to a dead person on the last trip. The wooden style is about 4,000 to 5,000 yearsold, the rest did not survive, nor the mounting pegs through the holes. Provenance: from old French private collection provenance collection G. Marris. L = 181.0 W = 78.0 H = 9.0 mm Note: The Liangzhu culture is a late varity of the Chinese Neolithic dar. There is reason to believe that great value and tremendous magical power was attributed to the found objects. This lot is part of lot number 21 of this catalogue.

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Big Neolithic pottery jug with two handles. China,

Lot 44: Big Neolithic pottery jug with two handles. China,

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Description: Big Neolithic pottery jug with two handles. China, Xindian culture (about 1500-1000 BC). The Xindian culture was widespread in the provinces of Gansu and Qinghai. Burned bright red tone with ultra-fine, geometric black paint (so-called yoke motif) on light engobe. The painting is in its original excellent and unrestored condition. H = D = about 31.0 a 28.0 cm. There is an expert's opinion. It is a rare piece of historical and ethnographic and suitable for any museum collection. NB. Literature: "Dawn of the Yellow Earth", Regina Krahl, fig and description no. 39, page 93

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Rare Cong, China, Liangzhou culture (ca. 3400-2250

Lot 45: Rare Cong, China, Liangzhou culture (ca. 3400-2250

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Description: Rare Cong, China, Liangzhou culture (ca. 3400-2250 BC), JiangSu region of pale jade nephrite rock. Tall, narrow tube consisting of a large-volume hollow bore along the longitudinal axis with a square, curved drafted outer wall. The outer wall is - typical for JiangSu territory, namely divided in six "stories". These masks with eyes, interpreted as predatory grimaces, thus adorn the corners of all four sides and on every floor - also known as highly stylized Taotie were placed in a corner. Excellent, museum conservation, Provenance: Private Collection Old French, ex collection G. Marris. H = 179.0, D (outer) = about 78.0 D (in) = 51.0 mm Note: the significance of grave goods is unknown, most likely to be interpreted as earth symbol or world axis. Most of them are in connection with the Fund Bi-Disks. To date, almost inexplicable in view of the hard stone, like the long hollow holes were performed exactly as approximately 4,500 years ago. This lot is part of lot number 20 of this catalogue.

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Interesting bangle with etched motifs, China,

Lot 46: Interesting bangle with etched motifs, China,

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Description: Interesting bangle with etched motifs, China, probably Western Zhou Dynasty (770-256 BC), unknown stone, probably heated Steatite. The slightly curved and unusually large bangle wearing a rubber stamp with name sign of the Zhou period. it is assumed that this refers to the support of the hoop and not the manufacturer. The stamp is embedded in the circumferential, closed floral pattern. Excellent state of preservation. Provenance: Private Collection Old French, ex collection G. Marris. D (outer) = 98.0, D (in) 80.0, H = 30.0 mm Note: The exact origin of the bangle is unknown. It could be an object from a later period. This lot is part of lot number 20 of this catalogue.

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Excellent preserved bangle, China, QiJia culture

Lot 47: Excellent preserved bangle, China, QiJia culture

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Description: Excellent preserved bangle, China, QiJia culture (about 2000 BC). In the literature no information about similar properties can be found. The wide cuff bracelet is made of black basalt with uniformly distributed white spots. Due to the small amount of material, the hoop is light and easy to carry, it raises the question of whether he was used not only duringthe journey to the other world or whether it must be interpreted as a kind of amulette jewellery. Excellent state of preservation interesting object of museum quality. Provenance: from old French private collection provenance collection G. Marris. D = 77.0 D inner = 71.0 B = 37.0 mm. This lot is part of lot number 21 of this catalogue.

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A group of four tube or barrel-shaped objects,

Lot 48: A group of four tube or barrel-shaped objects,

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Description: A group of four tube or barrel-shaped objects, China, Neolithic period (ca. 4300-2250 BC) pierced transversely to the longitudinal axis, the two plump pieces were probably tool parts, the beads were black and white from diorite, and the honey-colored double drilled nephrit tubes were certainly not to be too valuable to use as an amulet. The jade tube is divided into 11 uniform and 10 beads constrictions, the rare coloring and the high processing costs already indicate its great value. The pieces come from early dynastical time and are certainly a long time before the Han Dynasty (206 BC. Till 220 AD.). Provenance: from old French private collection provenance collection G. Marris. Dimensions: approx 60.0 x 40.0 mm. This lot is part of lot number 21 of this catalogue.

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Lot of three rare carved tiles, Neolithic, China,

Lot 49: Lot of three rare carved tiles, Neolithic, China,

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Description: Lot of three rare carved tiles, Neolithic, China, probably Liangzhou culture (3500-2250 BC), with each slot in the longitudinal axis and three circular perforations, whitish jade with rock inclusions, these were used as grave goods in the Shandong region. About the statement of the design and its general meaning no statement can be made, because they have not passed on and the finds are apparently very rare. Excellent condition with sintering and adhesion of locality patina. Provenance: from old French private collection provenance collection G. Marris. H = 48.0, 66.0 and 72 mm, B = 34, 42 and 42mm, thickness about 5.0 mm. This lot is part of lot number 21 of this catalogue.

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Lot of seven slot beads, China, Neolithic,

Lot 50: Lot of seven slot beads, China, Neolithic,

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Description: Lot of seven slot beads, China, Neolithic, probably Liangzhou culture (ca. 3500-2250 BC), light green and dark green jade with sintering. Quite unusual for Europeans in East Asia earlier pronounced tendency is to make slotted objects. The slot as such probably had a value whose testimony is still in doubt, cut the slits was associated with a significant amount of work and only a few cases managed a straight slit. Provenance: from old French private collection provenance collection G. Marris. L = 38,0 B = 32,0 = 14,0 mm thickness. Part of the miscellany Lot 21 of this catalog.

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