Warring States Jade Cong, 戰國玉琮H. 30.4cm

Warring States Jade Cong (prismatic cylinder with four tiers) with Motifs of Dragon and Priests, H.30.4cm

The jade carving of the Warring States(B.C.403-B.C.221) is of exquisite quality. With streamlined design, most of the motifs are dragons, phoenixes, dancing ladies and crops to depict the theme of heavenly life. The low relief on the surface of the artifact applies abstract and simplified motifs while those carvings extend from them apply realistic ones.

p1234591a381785773战国祭司龙纹玉琮, 直径 7.8cm, 高 30.4cm, 3.5kg本器玉质为和田仔料青玉雕琢, 玉质晶莹温润.下宽上窄, 如同宝塔. 全器布满各种祥瑞纹饰, 精美绝伦.玉琮上端四面各一祥龙, 张牙舞爪. 下端则各有一祭祀官, 神情严肃. 玉琮上方, 以两边衔接橫式的手法,描绘天上人间的欢乐, 可能是大动乱时代, 对歌舞升平生活的向往, 本器呈透明黄绿色, 部分有水银沁及石灰沁. 本玉琮玉质之美, 纹饰之华丽, 堪称玉琮中最精美者

Appraisal Indexes:

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

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