商代玉器上的神秘圖騰, Mysterious Motifs on Shang Dynasty Jades

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商代玉磬, H. 15cm, W. 8.5cm, 375grams。本器係以和田水料白玉雕成,頂端為長方形的柄,中間有一細長的孔,以便玉磬之懸掛,本器的雕工為陽線淺浮商代玉磬,柄面有六組直角形的折線。 上面兩個區間組成神面紋,下面兩個區間祥雲紋。 連接祥雲紋的是八個三角形的鋸齒紋,古玉跡像有溶蝕孔及增生晶體。

商代方國玉印,14.5cm x 4,H。 14cm,本器玉座白玉雕琢,呈梯形,印鈕為青銅辟邪,印支為鏤空結構,四面為青銅龍鳳紋淺浮雕,印座上呈呈斜坡形,飾魚紋浮浮雕,底座底面分三部分, 中央飾神靈紋淺浮雕,造型優美具神秘感。表示豐衣足食,表示子孫繁延不決。全器古玉跡像明顯,有差異風化,曝露晶面及擴散暈沁色。

玉磬下面兩個區間祥雲紋圖騰及商代方國玉印底座底面中央神靈紋淺浮雕似乎有表徵生命源起處之意義.

Jade Musical Slab H. 15cm, W. 8.5cm, 375grams. With the shape of shorter zhang and bronze bell having a narrower handle with a long round hole, this musical slab has Shang Dynasty motif of deity face and hooked sword with plain level reduction carving style. Antiquity evidence includes additive crystal and exposed crystal plane.

Shang Dynasty Fang State Jade Seal, 14.5cm x 4, H. 14cm. With bronze pixie as the handle, the base of the seal has the shape of a combination of trapezoid solid and square frame structure made of white jade. The four walls of the trapezoid white jade are carved with low relief fish bone. The four sides of the square solid shape are bronze low relief carving of dragon and phoenix. The bottom of the base has three sets of low relief motifs. In the middle is a certain kind of abstract form object symbolizing deity.

The hooked sword with plain level reduction carving and the abstract form object symbolizing deity of the Shang Dynasty Fang State Jade Seal may be a symbol of the origin of life.

东周黄玉瑞兽玉佩饰,Eastern Zhou Dynasty Jade Plaque, L.22cm

Sold for 26,570,000 HKD at the Sotheby HK April 2019 Auction

古玉界 4月3日

瑞兽造形融合现实与想象,线条流利优雅,满富韵律感,曲直之间,勾勒猛兽慑人姿态,兽身细琢阴刻,浮雕纹饰隐约,刚柔并济,气势万千。

存世兽形佩虽大同小异,然现例之腿部以阴刻曲线做凤鸟纹与龙纹,独树一格,突显当朝常贝鸟兽纹羽状、曲卷的特征,设计流畅简约,精练脱俗,无冗赘之处,寥寥数笔已明确捕捉神兽气韻。

Integrated with reality and imagination,  the auspicious animal has been carved with elegant and gracious lines.  Full of rhythmic feeling, the curved and straight presentation has depicted the animal fierce posture. The total curving of motifs has vaguely shown that mixed with strong and soft elements full of variation.

While exiting jade plaques with similar shape and size are common, this jade plaque is unique that the intaglio phoenix and dragon motif on the jade plaque is marvelously present the characteristics of Eastern Zhou Dynasty style. With all these excellent elements, this jade plaque worth the price it settles at this Sotheby spring auction.

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