A rare archaistic pale green and russet jade 'double-dragon' disc, bi Ming Dynasty (2)
Lot 5
A rare archaistic pale green and russet jade 'double-dragon' disc, bi
Ming Dynasty
HK$ 280,000 - 320,000
US$ 36,000 - 41,000

Lot Details
A rare archaistic pale green and russet jade 'double-dragon' disc, bi
Ming Dynasty
Of flattened circular form, carved in openwork depicting a dragon chasing its own tail, the body delicately incised with stylised kui dragons and archaistic scrolls, the softly-polished stone of a pale yellow tone suffused with caramel-russet inclusions, box. 11.2cm (4 3/8in) diam. (2).

Footnotes

  • 明 玉雕夔龍紋環

    Provenance:
    Christie's Hong Kong, 1 June 2011, lot 3933

    來源:
    香港佳士得,2011年6月1日,拍品編號3933

    The present jade disc with the design of a coiled dragon biting its own tail is based on Shang dynasty prototypes; see an example from the Shang period in the British Museum, London, illustrated by J.Rawson, Chinese Jades from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, p.208, pl.12:1.

    During the Ming dynasty, appreciating and collecting antiques was very much in vogue, as depicted in a painting by Du Jin (active circa 1465-1509), titled Wangu tu 'Enjoying Antiquities', in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, and demonstrated in a woodblock print of a related double-coiled dragon-shaped inkcake, by Fang Yulu in the 1596 edition of Fang shi mo pu, illustrated by Huei-chung Tsao, Jade: from Emperors to Art Deco, Paris, 2016, pp.114-115, fig.1 and no.92.

    For related examples of jade discs in the form of a coiled dragon, dated to the Ming dynasty, see Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade 6 Ming Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, nos.26 and 298; and see also a disc in the form of an archaistic double-dragon, 15th/16th century, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated by Huei-chung Tsao, ibid., p.116, no.93.

    此龍形環仿效商代龍形玉璧而製,見大英博物館藏一件商代龍形玉璧,著錄於J.Rawson,《Chinese Jades from the Neolithic to the Qing》,倫敦,1995年,頁208,圖12:1。

    明代晚期文人士大夫熱衷收藏,台北國立故宮博物院收藏的明人杜堇(活躍於1465至1509)作「玩古圖」即是對當時「博古」風尚的描繪。巴黎吉美博物館藏一冊明人方于魯撰《方氏墨譜》中,亦有同類的仿古龍紋形墨,見Huei-chung Tsao,《Jade: from Emperors to Art Deco》,巴黎,2016年,頁114-115,圖1及92。

    明代龍形玉環,見北京故宮博物院藏一例,《故宮博物院藏品大系:玉器編6明代》,北京,2011年,頁51,圖26。另見台北國立故宮博物院藏一件明代雙龍玉璧,著錄於Tsao Huei-chung,《Jade: From Emperors to Art Deco》,巴黎,2016年,頁116,編號93。
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