A pale green 'chi dragon and mouse' plaque with original hardstones Qianlong
Lot 357
A rare pale green hardstone-inlaid 'chi dragon and mouse' plaque Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 137,500 (US$ 17,741) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare pale green hardstone-inlaid 'chi dragon and mouse' plaque
Qianlong
The circular plaque carefully worked in reticulation, depicting a ferocious chi dragon emerging from the central cartouche and clambering upwards to meet a miniature mouse, the mythical beast with powerful hind legs with bifurcated tail, original hardstone fittings.
7.7cm high.

Footnotes

  • Chi dragons are considered capable of exorcising evil spirits, and a mouse is considered as a motif for numerous sons due to their prolific reproductive ability. Taken together, a chi dragon and rat together, can be a wish for their generations' great success.

    The form of the current plaque can be traced back to the tradition of Han dynasty jades. Compare a Han dynasty excavated example of similar form, with chi dragon as the main motif and formed in the similar way, see Gems of Beijing Cultural Relics Series, Compilation Board of the Gems of Beijing Cultural Relics Series and Beijing Municipal Bureau of Cultural Relics, Beijing, p.75, pl.57.

    清乾隆 青白玉鏤雕螭龍紋佩

    玉質潔淨,透雕一圓環,內有曲身螭龍從環裡爬出,四足有力,對望環上的一隻小老鼠,雕工簡潔有力,結構嚴謹,姿態生動。

    螭龍本為辟邪瑞獸,而老鼠因生殖力強,可寓意為多子多孫,但螭龍與老鼠之組合,或可解釋為「望子成龍」之意。此玉佩之造形,或可追溯到漢代之玉飾,比較1975年北京豐台區大葆台2號漢墓之出土螭虎紋佩,同以螭虎為母題,鏤雕成佩,參見《北京文物精粹大系》編委會及北京市文物局編,《北京文物精粹大系.玉器卷》,北京,頁75,圖版57。
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