紅山文化馬首刀Hongshan Culture Jade Knife, L. 42cm, 2500grams

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003szkb0zy6wtkzchuh8d690Made of nephrite, this jade artifact is emphasized in shape rather than the lines of curvature appeared on the surface as by many Hongshan Culture jade. With horse head as the handle of the knife whose design has bold and rough style, this jade knife has the form of the most typical shape of an ancient Chinese weapon knife.  As short mane and mouth looking of the horse is seen, it may be  Mongolian Tarpan of five thousand years ago. The horse style of the jade knife has shown that it is the horse found in Mongolia which belongs to the geographical area of the Hongshan culture. Dissolved pits and additive crystals are seen in various areas of the knifeIMG_2732

240px-equus_przewalskii_shinjang红山文化马首刀L. 42cm, 2500g。本器之玉质为和田玉种, 刀把为短鬃短嘴形态系古蒙古Tarpan种马首造型, 全器满布增生晶体,多处有溶蚀孔及差异风化, 古玉现象明显. 本器系红山文化类似形制中属于大件之精品。IMG_2742

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

紅山文化龍鳳玉刀,Hongshan Culture Jade Knife,L.33cm, T. 2.5-3.5cm, 1500grams

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紅山文化龍鳳玉刀L.33cm, T. 2.5-3.5cm, 1500g。本器刀把為龍首造型, 嘴部有喇叭狀孔, 刀格兩端則為鳳首造型, 刀背呈三個連續內彎新月型, 刀鋒厚實. 刀身表面向內凹陷, 邊緣向外傾斜.本器之玉質為和田黃玉種, 全器滿佈曝露晶面, 多處有溶蝕孔及差異風化, 古玉現像明顯。

IMG_2848IMG_2849IMG_2850Made of white jade, the handle of the knife has the shape of a dragon head which may serve as the origin of the dragon motif for a later period.

A bugle shape hole located at the mouth part of the dragon. The conjunction between the handle and the blade is decorated by motifs of a phoenix on both ends. Again, the phoenix motif is believed to be the origin of phoenix for later times. The eyes of the dragon and the phoenix have shown low relief carving style. On the back side of the blade,  three new moon shape curves are seen. The hole at the dragon mouth has a horizontal incised line whose implication is unknown. The cutting-edge is blunt. The surface of the blade is concave with a surface slanting outside.

Antiquity evidence includes differential weathering, diffusive markings ( Compare with the horse head knife with single color diffusion, the multi-color diffusion of this jade may be the result of the process of bury in the ground more than once. For example, Hongshan jade has been found in the tomb of Fuhao in the Shang Dynasty.)  and additive crystal. The different color of diffusive marking resulting from different chemical provides a hint of the place the item unearth.) and exposed crystal planes(see lower right image), dissolved pits to prove its old age. With mastery workmanship, this artifact may be one of the most beautiful large Hongshan jade knives.

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

List Price: USD 40,000

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清代翠玉龍首刀Qing Dynasty Jadeite Knife, L.20cms, W.6.5cms, D.0.8cm, 300grams

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清代翠玉龍首刀Qing Dynasty Jadeite Knife, L.20cms, W.6.5cms, D.0.8cm, 300grams

本器翠玉雕琢成玉刀形制, 以龍首作為刀柄, 龍首頭上有二角, 龍鼻有二細長龍鬚, 刀背飾遊龍戲珠, 全器刀工古樸有力. 此翠玉龍首刀可能為文鎮之用.Carved with top quality jadeite, the Qing Dynasty knife has dragon motif as the handle. On the back if blade, a cling dragon hongshanhorseknife1Aplaying pearl is seen. Antiquity evidences include differential weathering and exposed crystal planes.

Appraisal Indexes:
1. quality of jade: 10hongshanknife1-11a
2. rareness: 9
3. historical and cultural significance: 8
4. workmanship: 8
5. size:7
6. condition: 10