紅山文化玉器除了呈現形制外, 還借助於動物的特質來表現某些如速度相關的特質. 例如紅山文化以髮箍作為方便靈魂通往天界的媒介, 以馬呈現速度的快速, 再以馬前足向後彎曲表示馬呈奔馳的狀態, 馬首與馬前足之比例故意忽略, 完全從形而上的意念, 而忽略形而下的身體比例, 這種抽象藝術的技巧與大膽, 提供了後世印象派藝術的啟發作用. In addition to forms, the Hongshan Culture jades usually apply the unique characteristics of animal to express the way the jade to perform its intended function. For example, the Hongshan Culture jade hook here to guide the soul of the dead people to reach heaven. The attache horse head with the front legs structure to show the speed to the heaven is as fast as the horse, the backbend front legs are further to emphasize the speed of the process is as fast as the galloping of a horse. The image of the horse here is only shown the not proportional presentation of a true horse body. This kind of art technique may be an example of modern impression style of art works.
Fanzen Gallery Taipei Collection.漢代 鎏金玉馬踏飛燕, 高 21cm, 寬 28cm
Carved with white jade, the horse is stepping on a swallow to imply that the horse is flying in the sky. Antiquity evidence includes calcification and differential weathering.
Since its unearthed, “The horse stepping on the swallow statue” has been regarded as a symbol of the superb foundry industry in ancient China. From a mechanical analysis, this statue has remained the center of gravity of the swallow and remain stability. This romantic approach highlights the horse’s vigorous heroic posture and swift expression, giving people rich imagination and appeal. With both powerful feeling and dynamic rhythm, the horse stepping on the swallow statue is also a wonderful work of Chinese bronze art.