Xia Dynasty Jade Ring,夏代玉瑗 D. 9.8cm, 75grams

Carved with pale green tone jade, the ring has a symmetrical design on both sides with motif of six low relief  toads. Toad is the first stage of frog which is believed a typical motif of Xia Dynasty. The turquoise frogs shown here  are unearthed from the Er-li Tou site of  Xia Dynasty.

镶绿松石青铜牌(夏代)。1981年在河南偃师二里头遗址出土,长14.2厘米、宽9.8厘米。

镶绿松石青铜牌(夏代)。1981年在河南偃师二里头遗址出土,长14.2厘米、宽9.8厘米。

Appraisal Indexes:

  1. quality of jade: 7
  2. rareness: 9
  3. historical and cultural significance: 9
  4. workmanship: 7
  5. size: 3
  6. condition: 10

Qing Dynasty Jadeite Ring 清翠玉板指 D.3.5cm

jadering2Qing Dynasty Jadeite Ring, Diameter 3.5cm, H. 2.2cm4eecc770g5d4bfe53d201

Carved with green tone jadeite, the ring which is the object wearing on the right thumb when pulling the string of bow has low relief auspicious motifs of fish, lotus leaf and yu-i. That the ring in later time most often used as an object of evidences of marriage and engagement may be derived the significance of the holding of the bow to imply the bond together between man and woman.

古代玉扳指是由「韘」演變而來的。 《說文解字》雲:「韘射決也所以拘弦。