A white jade 'lotus leaf' libation vessel Qing dynasty
Lot 213
A white jade 'lotus leaf' libation vessel Mid Qing dynasty
Sold for HK$ 275,000 (US$ 35,455) inc. premium

Lot Details
A white jade 'lotus leaf' libation vessel Qing dynasty
A white jade 'lotus leaf' libation vessel
Mid Qing dynasty
Finely worked in the form of an inward folded lotus leaf, the exterior with a further conglomeration of lotus blossoms and leaves issuing from curved undercut stems forming a foot, all tied in a buddle with a ribbon at the side, the even-coloured stone with russet inclusions.
17.9cm wide.

Footnotes

  • Provenance 來源:
    Hartman Rare Art, New York, 5 March 1982

    Compare a similar lotus leaf-shaped jade vessel, from the Qing court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Jadeware II, Shanghai 2008, p.226, no.187.

    清中期 青白玉荷葉式洗

    青白玉料,玉質溫厚,光澤細膩。器身作荷葉形,葉脈清晰雕刻而出,器身兩面採用凸雕與透雕技法雕蓮花及荷葉,器身一側一綬帶系五根蓮藕,蓮根延伸至底部並圓雕成足,荷葉捲邊,荷葉旁伴有水草。

    蓮花荷葉象徵為人正氣、為官廉潔,蓮花出淤泥而不染,具有至清至純的高雅氣質。蓮花同時被佛教認為是聖潔之花,以蓮喻佛,象徵在生死煩惱中重生,而不為生死煩惱所干擾。蓮根象徵不死和永生,蓮花枯萎,蓮根不死,來年蓮花又重生,猶如來世,不斷輪迴。清宮舊藏玉器中也有同樣風格的作品,見一件青玉塘蓮荷葉洗,張廣文編,《故宮博物院藏文物珍品大系:玉器(下)》,上海,2008年,頁226,圖版187。
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