Warring States Jade Elephant Pair,戰國玉象一對L.13cm, H.7cm

Warring States Jade Elephants, L. 13cm, H.7cm

Elephants are highly adored animals in the Orientals since ancient times. In China they are treated as auspicious symbols. These Warring States jade elephants are carved with green tone jade. The Shang Dynasty notches motifs are shown on the raising trunk. The elephant1round eyes and square shape ears are carved by low relief style. The body is decorated by raised points with connected square thin incised lines. One the tops of the four legs, Right oriented e raised circle symbolizing the universe are decorated to further increase the mystery of these objects. Antiquity evidences are dissolved pits and calcification.

elephant 大象,在東方文明古國中享有崇高地位,中國人把大象視為吉祥、太平的象徵。在神話傳說中,大象則為搖光之星生成,能兆靈瑞,古佛就是乘象從天而降,大象是普賢菩薩的坐騎,相傳能預兆靈瑞。本器青玉雕琢, 鼻子向上, 下緣飾商代風格齒牙, 圓形眼睛及略帶方形耳朵以減地淺浮雕為之, 全身飾佈置整齊的勾連圓突狀紋, 四腿上方飾星雲狀右旋圓圈減地高浮雕紋, 此玉象可愛而神秘, 古玉跡象有溶飾孔及鈣化現象.(lower left : stone elephant inside the Palace Museum, China)

Appraisal Indexes:

  1. quality of jade: 8
  2. rareness: 8
  3. historical and cultural significance: 7
  4. workmanship: 10
  5. size: 6
  6. condition: 10