Tang Dynasty (618 CE -906 CE) Jade Carving Style

The contents of jades in the Tang dynasty are characterized as realistic and related to daily life. Most traditional styles of dragon and phoenix motifs tend to be amiable in this period. Their appearances are no more majestic and imposing like those of previous dynasties.   Buddhist sculptures and jades with gold gilt, jade shapes of Flying Apsara and figurines from the central Asia are popular.   The varieties of the Tang jades are rich. There are mainly three categories. The first category relates to practical utensils such as jade cups, jade spoons, jade plates, jade bowls, jade boxes and jade cans. The second category relates to women wearing accessories and hair care items such as a hairpin, dangling ornament, bracelet and comb. The third category relates to jade booklet for the imperial ceremony.  One of the major carving styles of the Tang jades is slant carving of motif on the surface with trimming the empty background. Incised lines are often applied similar to the painting sketches. The19300001376572131895261938472 main theme motif is shown convex and prominent with dense incised lines to express the lines of the motif especially for the clothes. Owing to the particular cultural280px-tangtaizong development such as the Tang trio color ceramics, many jade artifacts are p1-161006120304ainted with rich colors and gilt with gold.

Sample jades are as follows:

1.Chubby May not be the Criteria of Beauty in the Tang Dynasty 顛覆“以胖为美” 的唐代美女看法2.Tang Dynasty Jade Bottle, 唐玉瓶3.Tang Dynasty Three-Face Guang- In 唐代三面觀音

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