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Lot 42B: Chinese Hongshan Period Crystal Pendant
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Northeast China, Hongshan culture, Neolithic Period, ca. 3800 to 2700 BCE. A cute crystal pendant with a loop for suspension. It is carved to look like a small caterpillar or silk worm with a human-like face. For many years, scholars believed that Chinese civilization began in the Yellow River valley, but now we know that there were actually earlier cultures both north and south of this region. The Hongshan culture, comprised of a group of Neolithic peoples who lived in the far north-east, in what is modern-day Liaoning province and Inner Mongolia, created a sophisticated society and erected elaborate ceremonial sites that oftentimes included valuable works like this carved piece of jade. Size: 0.75" W x 2.4" H (1.9 cm x 6.1 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Private LA County collection
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Condition Report: Expected wear and small archaeological deposits on surface, but shape is very clear.