秦代玉鷹對, Chin Dynasty Jade Eagle Pair, H.13cms

 

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秦代玉鷹對, H.13cms, 本器青玉雕琢, 幼鷹形制, 濃眉大眼, 胸前飾二幼龍, 頸部飾勾狀神秘符號, 翅膀羽毛以兩種式樣呈現, 前方呈圓片狀, 後翼以疊層斜線表示, 整體雕琢風格古樸有力, 既可愛有神秘. 古玉跡象為溶蝕孔及鈣化. Carved with green tone Hetian jade, the objects are a pair of baby eagles. The thick eyebrows are elaborately carved with the end curling up to generate an effect of beauty. This kind of thick eyebrows is often seen in the Han Dynasty jade eagles. On the neck, there is a V shape structure which may be an emblem of a particular state in the Warring States period. On the breast, there are two young dragons facing each other. Between the wing and the breast, there is a square cloud motif. The wings are carved delicately with deeply incised lines. Antiquity evidence is calcification and dissolved pits.

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

 

 

Chin Dynasty (221 BCE- 206 BCE)

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Although with a short period in history, the Chin Dynasty reveals the highest achievement in the jades carving techniques. The jades in this period have presented unique kinds of double-reverse L and square cloud motifs that are the key to identifying jades for this period. The mouth of the mythical animal is open with teeth shown but not openwork carving. The most important and mysterious jades of Chin are the Seal of the Inherited Empire and the Seal of the Empress.  Most archaeologists expect to find the majority of the Chin jades assuming that they had been kept in the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang. The truth can only be found by the time of the excavation of the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang.