光武御製羊脂白玉玉鷹硯滴, 高15cm, 長18cm,1000g。從壺口的大小,壺內的容積推測, 應該是文房四寶的用具中的硯滴. 就整體造型而言, 母鷹背負子鷹,尾部則庇護著幼龍,母鷹頭部微微後彎, 凝視著子鷹及幼龍, 深怕牠們照顧不周, 將幼吾幼,以及人之幼的偉大情操,流露無遺, 本器雕琢主題符合光武中興之漢光武帝注意民生與民休息之經濟政策精神。本玉鷹的尾巴照型與商代玉跪人背後的所謂柄形器相同, 可以確定商代玄鳥之後的說法.
Emperor Kwan-Wu of Eastern Han Dynasty Mutton Fat White Jade Water Container, H. 15cm, L.18cm, 1.0kg.
The inscription of “Kwan-Wu-Yu-Zhi(光武御製)” on the chest has identified the original owner of the container which is supposed to be water container called Yan Di (硯滴) in Chinese (writing brush had been used already before Eastern Han). In other words, it was made by the order of the first emperor Kwan-Wu of the Eastern Han dynasty about two thousand years ago. With mastery workmanship, this artifact is made of top quality mutton white jade(see gem lab test result ). As far as antiquity is concerned, evidence of diffusive marking, deteriorate marking and differential weathering are obvious.
The container design of the mother carrying a baby on the back has seen in the Western Zhou Dynasty bronze artifacts. The lid of the container has a young eagle carving. Underneath the tail having two branches( having a similar style to that of the bronze bird container ) of the mother eagle protecting a young dragon. The mother eagle is staring backward at both the young eagle and the young dragon to make sure they are nicely taken care of. The noble character of loving not only her own loved one but also the others have fully been expressed. This theme conforms to Emperor Kwan -Wu’s economic policy of paying attention to people’s livelihood, resting with the people. The motif of the dragon is seen on both wings, with the Ruyi ( fulfill of one’s wishes) curly cloud motif on the tail. Both motifs are the symbol of nobleness and luck. Fairly unique among emperors in Chinese history was Emperor Guangwu’s combination of decisiveness and mercy. He often sought out peaceful means rather than bellicose means of putting areas under his control. He was, in particular, one of the rare examples of a founding emperor of a dynasty who did not kill, out of jealousy or paranoia, any of the generals or officials who contributed to his victories after his rule was secure. The main theme of this jade artifact has fully expressed this. Judging from the perfect design made of top quality jade and historic significance, this artifact is no doubt one of the most valuable ones for serious collectors. The object is used as a water container that stores water for the making of ink which is the result of grinding the ink stick( lower right image) on the inkstone( lower right image). (Lower left image is the Taipei’s National Palace Museum Ming Dynasty Yan Di( water container) has a similar function of the present object.)) The tail of this jade eagle is exactly the same as the structure attached to the back of the Shang Dynasty kneeling statue.
- quality of jade: 10
- rareness: 10
- historical and cultural significance: 10
- workmanship: 10
- condition: 10
List Price: USD100,000
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