A gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled medicinal armrest Qianlong
Lot 388
A gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled medicinal armrest Qianlong
HK$ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 2,600 - 3,900

Lot Details
Property from an important private collection (lots 381-403)
A gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled medicinal armrest
Qianlong
The upper surface brilliantly enamelled with chrysanthemum blossoms issuing from rockworks with butterflies in flight waiting to feed on the nectar on leiwen ground, the sides interspersed with twelve stylised lotus sprays, all elaborately enamelled in vivid tones of white, yellow, red, blue, green and black on turquoise ground.
25.7cm wide.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 銅胎掐絲琺瑯把脈枕

    Provenance 來源:
    Acquired from an antique dealer in Paris, 1994
    1994年購於法國巴黎古董商

    Ba Mai or 'taking pulse' in a traditional Chinese method for medical examiners to diagnose and treat illness. The patient would sit beside the medical examiner with outstretched hand placed onto the armrest, allowing the medical examiner to 'take pulse' by feeling the anomalies of the heartbeat and blood flow at the underside of the wrist.

    Imperial medicinal armrests are rarely seen and preserved in good condition, and the fact that the current lot is crafted in gilt-bronze and cloisonne enamels only served to show the exceptional rarity of such piece. Although a unique piece altogether, the free-flowing lotus scroll decoration and leiwen motif is often seen and used during the mid Qing dynasty on other more common antiques of the same period, all currently in the Imperial collection at the Palace Museum, Beijing, see Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Enamels 3. Cloisonne in the Qing dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pp.159 & 194, no.124 & 159.

    「把脈」,亦稱為「切脈」,是中醫師以手按壓病人的動脈,根據脈象,以了解疾病內在變化的診斷方式。是中國古代中醫辦證的一個重要依據,對分辦疾病的原因,推斷病情變化,識別病情真假,判斷及病預後等,都具有重要臨床意義。由於脈為血之府,貫通全身,所以體臟腑發生病變時,往往反映於脈,有時在症狀還未充分顯露之前,脈象已經發生了改變。「把脈」在中國具有悠久的歷史,其反映出中醫學診斷疾病之特點和經驗,為中國傳統醫療文化最重要之步驟。

    此把脈枕為清宮罕見醫療器具,工匠運用其巧思,將所有寓意吉祥的元素,融貫於脈枕,通體展現出長壽及健康等語意。其跳脫出一般醫療器具且缺乏色彩、作風死板,往往使人有懼怕之感受。而本次拍品,其用色大膽豐富,完整融合所有吉祥、祝福之意寓且生動之圖案,絲毫無法使人與醫療用具作為聯想,由此可見,當初工匠製作此脈診時,其過人的心思縝密。在作法上極符合人體工學,異於古人使用之枕頭。古人枕頭一般是帶有斜度。
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