Western Han Dynasty Jade Rhinoceros, L. 22cm, H. 14cm

 

Carved with white jade, this jade container has the shape rhino with the young rhino standing on  the cover. Serving as a vessel containing wine, the whole body is decorated with low relief of auspicious motif. The main motif is a phoenix fabricated with stripes with Han Dynasty style. The major antiquity evidences are calcification and differential weathering.

rhinoAppraisal Indexes:
1. quality of jade: 9
2. rareness: 8
3. historical and cultural significance: 8
4. workmanship: 9
5. size:8
6. condition: 10
(left image is from Asian Art Museum of San Francisco)

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