China, Shang Dynasty (1600 – 1046 BC) or later. Simplistic depiction of an oval and flattened bird. The wings, beak and circular eyes are indicated with carved lines. Large, central drilling as well as vertical drilling showing ancient toolmarks. The turquoise of a nice, blueish hue, thoroughly polished and smooth to the touch.
Publication: This lot will be catalogued in the book about the turquoise collection of Dr. Zelnik which is expected to be published in 2022.
Condition: Good condition with some age-related wear, natural cracks and minor material losses.
Provenance: The collection of The Zelnik István Southeast Asian Gold Museum. Institutional art collection in Belgium, acquired from the above. Dr. István Zelnik, President of the Hungarian South and Southeast Asian Research Institute, is a former high-ranking Hungarian diplomat who spent several decades in Southeast Asia, building the largest known private collection of Asian art in Europe.
Weight: 7.7 g
Dimensions: 3.3 cm x 2.3 cm
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