西周龍胎形玉珮, Western Zhou Dynasty Jade Plaque, W.3.5cm

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本器蘋果綠色澤和田水料雕琢, 以紅山文化龍胎為造型, 正面飾商周特色盾形圖騰及鳳尾形線條, 45度斜刀法雕琢, 背面為素面, 尾部附近有一交錯台階, 可能是未完工粗胚所致, 頭部及尾巴附近完全鈣化. Carved by apple green tone fine Hetian jade, this jade plaque has the form of baby dragon, one side is decorated with Shang and Western dynasty style shield and phoenix tail feather with 45 degree slant carving line, the other side is plain with a step near the head, may be a sign of semi finished article. There is thorough calcification near the head and the tail.

Western Zhou Dynasty Jade Carving Style西周鳳紋玉珮, 8cmx7cmx0.5cm

 

 

dscn9807The style of the carving for Western Zhou Dynasty is noted for its single and double slant incised carving which is known as the forty-five degree big slant carving and the technique has been discontinued after the Han dynasty. Most of the Western Zhou jade carvings are seen with mastery workmanship and streamline curves which are greatly appreciated by connoisseur collectors. The present object is a round corner rectangular yellow jade plaque. The four corners are decorated with 45 degree slant incise line phoenixes. There are round corner rectangular hole and round hole on the four sides to imply that this jade plaque may be used as clothe decoration.

西周紀元始於B.C. 1122, 止於B.C.771. 西周玉器的刀工風格最大特色是單雙斜刀法, 有所謂45度大斜刀法, 此法至漢以後即失傳

Appraisal Indexes:

  1. quality of jade: 8
  2. rareness: 8
  3. historical and cultural significance: 9
  4. workmanship: 10
  5. size:4
  6. condition: 10

Warring States Jade plaque, D. 7.5cm, 50 grams

Carved with green tone Hetian jade, this jade plaque has the form jade bi.The major motif is the two female dancers shown on both side of the bi which is decorated with rope motif. At the bottom is head of Deity. Antiquity evidences include additive crystals and cleaving vein.

Appraisal Indexes:

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