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戰國祭司龍紋玉琮, 直徑 7.8cm, 高 30.4cm, 重量 3.5kg

本器下寬上窄, 如同寶塔. 全器佈滿各種祥瑞紋飾, 精美絕倫.玉琮上端四面各一祥龍, 張牙舞爪. 下端則各有一祭祀官, 神情嚴肅.其餘的地方, 以兩邊銜接式的手法,描繪天上人間的歡樂, 可能是大動亂時代, 對歌舞昇平生活的嚮往. 就紋飾與刀工言, 祥龍符合戰國風格, 龍身上的遊絲雕法更是戰國玉器常見的線條. 本件推論為戰國玉琮自當合理.本件玉質為和田仔料青玉, 玉質晶瑩溫潤. 全器完整,呈透明黃綠色, 部分有水銀沁及石灰沁. 本玉琮玉質之美, 紋飾之華麗, 堪稱玉琮中最精美者.

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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