漢代西王母迎接周穆王天宮慶典玉璧(2),直径50厘米,厚1.8厘米,重14.3磅

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Carved with white tone Hetian Jade, the object is bi with low relief carvings on both sides. On the front side, the scene of Emperor Moo of the Chou Dynasty’s expedition to the west to meet the Queen mother of the west is decorated. According to “annal of Chou” of “Records of the grand historian” Emperor Moo’s expedition to the West: In the seventeen years of Emperor Moo’s reign, Emperor Moo expedites to the West, for the purpose to meet the Queen Mother of the West. The second expedition will be arranged five years later.

On the top area of the bi, Queen mother of the west is sitting on a dragon bar signifying the palace of heaven, and two goddesses holding vajra and kwei respectively are sitting on the righthand sides to greet the guest from the east.   On the bottom area, Emperor Moo is sitting on a wagon driven by a knight. Around the wagon, a knight holding archery is protecting the wagon. In the rest area, many animal species on the ground and in the sky are shown.

On the backside of the bi, two sections are divided. The outer section is decorated with two dragons on the top, and two dragons on the bottom. Between the two dragons, a triangle shape with an opening at the top is decorated. The inner section is decorated with many sharp claws signifying the phoenix. The carvings of the bi are of mastery with hole drilling and extra thin line carving.

With antiquity signs of differential weathering, dissolved pits, and calcification, it is a wonderful Han dynasty bi for professional collectors to acquire.

 

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