Han Dynasty Jade Pixiu Plaque, 漢辟邪獸薄雕

 

Applying the techniques of low relief and open work, this Han Dynasty artifact presents one god’s face, three divines and eighteen mythical animals on the jade plaque as thin as 0.2cm. The appearances of all figures which may be only the head, half and whole body of the mythical animals have been depicted vividly. Despite the difficulty of workmanship, the lines of the objects on the artifact are presented smoothly and elegantly,it is no doubt that this artifact is a masterpiece in jade carving.

dscn2407a漢辟邪獸薄雕, 長25.5cm, 寬20.5cm, 厚0.2cm

本器以辟邪作為外形, 在厚僅有0.2公分的玉料上, 以淺浮雕及鏤空的技術, 在辟邪之內, 刻有一神面, 三個仙人, 十八隻辟邪, 辟邪的形象或全身, 或半身, 或僅為頭部. 無論是神面, 仙人, 或是辟邪, 無不神態生動. 本器儘管雕刻的難度甚高, 線條仍然婉約流暢. 本器係以和田水料白玉雕成, 酷似在玉片上作畫, 誠屬玉雕藝術之瑰寶, 十分珍罕.

Appraisal Indexes:
1. quality of jade: 9
2. rareness: 9
3. historical and cultural significance: 8
4. workmanship: 10
5. size:8
6. condition: 10

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