Han Dynasty Thin Carving Plaque, 25cm x20cm , Thickness 0.2cm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 to compose a pixie with wings. The appearances of all figures which may be only the head, half and whole body of the mythical animals have been depicted vividly. This is a scene to carry the soul of human being to the heaven. 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.

.汉辟邪兽薄雕, 长25.5cm, 宽20.5cm, 厚0.2cm。 本器以辟邪作为外形, 在厚仅有0.2公分的玉料上, 以浅浮雕及镂空的技术, 在辟邪之内, 刻有一神面, 三个仙人, 十八只辟邪, 辟邪的形象或全身, 或半身, 或仅为头部. 无论是神面, 仙人, 或是辟邪, 无不神态生动. 本器尽管雕刻的难度甚高, 线条仍然婉约流畅. 本器系以和田水料白玉雕成, 酷似在玉片上作画, 诚属玉雕艺术之瑰宝, 十分珍罕。


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