戰國龍紋玉瑗, Warring States Jade Ring, L.32 cms, H.19.3 cms

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Webp.net-gifmaker - 2020-07-14T131750.132戰國玉瑗, W. 19.3cm, L.32cm。本器青黃色和田玉雕琢, 玉龍站立在玉瑗之前, 威風凜凜, 大有王者之風.玉瑗一面為龍鳳紋淺浮雕, 一面為勾連雲紋淺浮雕,具戰國紋飾風格. 全器刀工流暢精美, 有增生晶體及鈣化等古玉跡象。Carved with green-yellow tone hetian jade, this object is Webp.net-gifmaker - 2020-07-14T162513.151skillfully designed with a standing dragon coupling a ring of which one side carved with two low relief phoenixes on the front and crop motif on the back. The carving style has the Warring States motif and the connected thin incised lines. Antiquity evidence includes dissolved pits, additive crystal, and calcification.Webp.net-gifmaker - 2020-07-14T163102.151

Webp.net-gifmaker - 2020-07-14T163750.160Appraisal Indexes:

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

 

戰國白玉龍紋銘文玉瑗,直徑6.2cm

159605056142028410本器白玉雕琢, 形制為玉瑗, 紋飾雙面對稱, 每一面琢左右方向相反二龍, 龍首前端飾直角下彎尖刀表示無堅不破, 龍眼呈兩端尖銳形, 身體以抽象形式表示, 中央及後端各有一爪, 全器線條以減地陽紋為之, 紋飾之部置具神祕感, 有商周餘韻. 玉瑗壁面琢陰線金文體”皇出令宦用作公富”, 可能是一種歷史文獻, 記載戰國時期, 對財產或土地作為公家使用之訓令. 本器材質為上等和田白玉, 古玉跡象為擴散暈沁色, 增生晶體及螞蟻腳, 部分玻璃光明顯.本器與另一琢有”侯又子壬十宗令天重其年”之玉瑗可能有關(見另文). 

 

 

 

Warring States Jade Ring-1, D. 6.2cm. Made of the top quality Hetian mutton white jade, this ring has two sets of dragon motifs with carving style of reduction surface low relief lines of the genre of the  Shang Dynasty appear on both sides. Inscriptions( 皇出令宦用作公富) of  The King issued the order to have the property for public use of bronze writing style are seen on the wall of the ring. Archaic evidence of differential weathering, diffusive markings,  and exposed crystals are apparent. With mastery workmanship and scripts recording the historical event, this jade ring is an important artifact as well as jade artwork.

The Joy of Collecting Chinese Antique Jade

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According to “The psychology of collecting” By Mark B. McKinley, Ed.D.January 1, 2007″

“Everybody collects something. Whether it be photographs of a person’s vacation, ticket stubs from ballgames, souvenirs of trips, pictures of one’s children, athletes’ trophies, kids’ report cards or those who collect “junk” (pack-rats) and dispose of it in garage sales.

Webp.net-gifmaker (22)During the 1700s and 1800s, there were aristocratic collectors, the landed gentry, who roamed the world in search of fossils, shells, zoological specimens, works of art and books. The collected artifacts were then kept in special rooms (“cabinets of curiosities”) for safekeeping and private viewing. A “cabinet” was, in part, a symbolic display of the collector’s power and wealth. It was these collectors who established the first museums in Europe, and to a lesser extent in America…

Why do we collect things, e.g., Cracker Jack toys to manhole covers? Some people collect for investment, yet one must wonder how a penny can become worth thousands of dollars. Some collect for pure enjoyment – it’s fun. Some collect to expand their social lives, attending swap meets and exchanging information with like-minded souls.

And still, other folks collect to preserve the past, but there can be a risk here. Medical scientists and anthropologists collected human remains for the purpose of a study. Yet the courts have been called into the fray as to who is the proper “owner” of the past, e.g., the Kennewick Man – archaeologists legally fight to study the bones, whereas, Native Americans legally fight to bury them.

Webp.net-gifmaker - 2020-07-18T100946.979For some people collecting is simply the quest, in some cases a life-long pursuit that is never complete. Additional collector motivations include psychological security, filling a void in a sense of self. Or it could be to claim a means to distinction, much as uniforms make the “man.” Collections could be a means to immortality or fame vis-a-vis Dr. Louis Leakey.”

Chinese antique jades contain colorful and exquisite craftsmanship, artistic and philosophical cultural substances. Furthermore, the texture of jade gives a wonderful feeling when you touch it. The colorful appearance of the antiquity of jade gives you unlimited imagination.  The different carving styles of different periods challenge your understanding of ancient Chinese craftsmanship. It is definitely a joy to collect antique Chinese jades.

The elegance of the Chinese jade will be rediscovered if jade enjoyment can be matched with the final purpose to establish a harmonious society by following the virtues of jade.

However, the ultimate goal of Chinese jade collection is to find out the truth of the legendary Ho’s Bi.