明代玉斧, H.8cm

 

t2_201110191457411338新石器時期,石斧曾被作為一種實用的殺人武器,後以玉製成,便演化為氏族酋長或部落聯盟首領執掌的王權象徵物。斧與虎同音, 通常在斧柄上飾龍鳳等吉祥物. 本器青玉雕琢, 斧上方飾鳳鳥, 斧雙面飾陰線如意雲紋, 本器古玉跡象為擴散暈沁色, 及鈣化. Carved with pale tone jade, the object is an ax decorated with phoenix on the top of the handle. Both sides are decorated the incise line of auspicious motif. Antiquity evidences are diffusive markings and calcification.