春秋虎珮 , Spring Autumn Jade Plaque,L.14cm, W.4cm, 100grams

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古代君王為了控制軍權,以虎符為信物。其中一半交給將帥,另一半由皇帝保存,兩個虎符同時合併使用才能使持符者獲得調兵遣將權。右圖為1975年出土於陝西省西安市南郊北沈家橋村,現藏於陝西歷史博物館之虎符, 年代屬戰國到秦初。外層上面用小篆刻有九行四十字:「兵甲之符,右在君,左在杜,凡興士被甲,用兵五十人以上,必會君符,乃敢行之。」

Jade Plaque Certificate

satiger-1 (1)Spring Autumn Jade Plaque, L.14cm, W.4cm, 100grams. With exquisite workmanship, DSCN05291carved of jade of green tone with big slant 45 degree incised lines, the carving style of this jade tiger is exactly the same as  the pair of Jade Tiger, L.14.6cm, T.0.4cm, unearthed in 1978 from graveyard #1 of Xisi, Henan Province (left image). A collection of the Institute of Artifacts Study, Henan Province. Antiquity evidences include differential weathering, dissolved pits and diffusive markings.S__3653637
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