飾有方鎖紋的戰國玉虎, Warring States Jade Tiger with Square Lock Motif, L.30cm

S__3735558a戰國玉虎, Warring States Jade Tiger L.30cm, 戰國時期簡稱戰國,指公元前475年~公元前221年,是中國歷史上東周後期至秦統一中原前,各國混戰不休,人民對安全的需求最為深切, 對國家而言, 城牆的安全, 至為重要, 對家庭而言, 門戶的安全尤其不可忽視, 因此門鎖的堅固十分重要。本器白玉雕琢, 玉虎呈撲匍匐狀, 耳朵images呈蘑菇形, 四腿上方飾捲曲形多種層次淺浮雕, 背上及腹部兩側雕琢方鎖紋. 增生晶體溶蝕孔差異風化跡象明顯.

Warring States Jade Tiger,L. 30 downloadcm,W.7cm,H.7cm, 1400 grams. This jade tiger has typical Shang Dynasty motif( Compared to the lower right image of Shang Dynasty bronze tiger, vortex or whirlpool motifs of the jade tiger and bronze tiger are similar)  and carving style of low relief on decreasing level. The ear has a shape mushroom. The double L shape of square lock icon may serve as a key to signify the importance of security of each family as well as a nation. Additive crystal, dissolve pits and differential weathering are seen.

Appraisal Indexes:

  1. quality of jade: 7
  2. rareness: 9
  3. historical and cultural significance: 9
  4. workmanship: 9
  5. size:10
  6. condition: 10

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