Emperor Kwan-Wu of Eastern Han Mutton Fat White Jade Paperweight



H. 7cm, D. 7.5cm, Weight: 500g.


dscn0527-001This seal-form paperweight (paper had been used before Eastern Han Dynasty ) is made of mutton white jade (test result from gem lab ) with carving style of Han Dynasty. The inscription of “Kwan-Wu-Yu-Zhi(光武御製)” on the bottom side of the paperweight has clearly indicated the item belongs to the imperial palace of Emperor Kwan Wu, the first emperor of the Eastern Han dynasty of China. Antiquity evidences include diffusive marking , differential weathering and additive crystal.


The paperweight has a high relief dragon carving with the body curling around the head. The imposing and majestic looking of the dragon has been thoroughly expressed. In addition, the round and smooth carving has made it easy for holding by hand. It symbolizes that all the livings and properties under the heaven are under the emperor’s control. (Left image is the modern glass paper weight sold in National Palace Museum in Taiwan gift shop)

Appraisal Indexes:

  1. quality of jade: 10
  2. rareness: 10
  3. historical and cultural significance: 10
  4. workmanship: 10
  5. size:8
  6. condition: 10



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