These small jade plaques have similar design and carving style with the bronze masks display in the Sanxingdui Museum in China. Antiquity evidences of additive crystal and calcification are obvious.
Carved with green tone jade, these small jade plaques have the shape of mask of Sanxingdui Culture style. With the size of 2cm tall and 1.5cm wide, these jade masks have convex plane shape. There is open work mouth and three holes with one on the top of back side and two on the cheek of the face. These jade plaques may be used as clothes decoration. It should be noted the the holes of the plaque as small as 0.1cm diameter. Antiquity evidences are additive crystal and calcification.
本器白玉雕琢， 祭司立於淨水器之上。 祭司戴高聳冠帽， 雙耳成三角形， 雙手轉化為鳳鳥羽毛， 有羽化昇天之意。 淨水器本身最上層為一可盛水之圓盤， 其下方為頂住圓盤之龍首鳳身體， 最下層則為頂住底座之臥馬。 本器設計巧妙， 刀工精美流暢， 古玉跡象有石灰沁， 為罕見難得之三星堆玉器。Sanxingdui Culture Jade Priest, H.36cm. Carved with white jade, the object is composed of three structures: the priest, the water container and the supporting stand. The priest is standing on the water container, wearing a crown with three tall structures. The two arms of the priest are decorated with bird’s wings to symbolize his ability to fly. There is an eye shape object to symbolize his ability to see everywhere. the water container decorated with leaves motif on the outer wall. The container is used to store water for hand cleaning before worship to God. Decorated with four dragons, the stand is further supported by four crouching horses.(Lower right images are Sanxingdui Culture bronze priest facing two different directions. Both the jade priest and the bronze priest have similar design and both have the eye decoration at the chest.)