Han Dynasty Jade Auspicious Animals 漢代四靈青玉座

尺寸: 長 36 cm
說明: 本器青玉雕琢四靈, 四靈獸為青龍、白虎、朱雀、玄武。青龍為東方之神;白虎為西方
玄武, 天之四靈,以正四方,王者制宮闕殿閣取法焉。本四靈青玉座可能用作紙鎮或
筆架, 本器古玉跡象有差異風化及鈣化跡象.
年代: 漢代 Han Dynasty

Carved with white jade, Dragon, Tiger, Pheonix and Turtle coupling with Snake are the four auspicious animals according to the ancient Chinese culture.

starThe constellations or Xiù (宿) are grouped by the four directions, East, West, South and North.

The dragon occupies the East and contains the constellations:角 (Jiăo) Horn,亢 (Kàng) Neck,氐 (Dĭ) Root,房 (Fáng) Room,心 (Xīn) Heart,尾 (Wěi) Tail
箕 (Jī ) Winnowing basket

The tiger is in the West and contains the constellations:奎 (Kuí) Legs,娄 (Lóu) Bond,胃 (Wèi) Stomach,昴 (Mǎo) Hairy Head,毕 (Bì) Net,觜 (Zuǐ) Turtle Beak,參 (Cān) Join – Three Stars

The scarlet or vermillion bird is in the South and contains the constellations:井 (Jǐng) Well
鬼 (Guǐ) Demon,柳 (Lǐ) Willow,星 (Xīng) Star,张 (Zhāng) Growth,翼 (Yì) Wings,軫 (Zhěn) Deep emotion
The tortoise occupies the North and contains the constellations:斗 (Dǒu) Dipper,牛 (Níu) Ox,女 (Nǚ) Woman,虛 (Xū) Emptiness,危 (Wēi) Danger,室 (Shì) Room,壁 (Bì) Wall

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