A rare pale brown jade seated male figure  Eastern Han Dynasty

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Lot 34
A rare pale brown jade seated male figure
Eastern Han Dynasty

Sold for HK$ 4,600,000 (US$ 587,716) inc. premium
A rare pale brown jade seated male figure
Eastern Han Dynasty
Seated cross-legged, with hands held together in front of his bare chest, his face carved with a wide smile and rounded dimpled cheeks, wearing a conical hat with two floral motifs, the beard, eyebrows and chest hair depicted by finely incised lines, the stone of an opaque pale beige-brown tone with black areas.
7.5cm (3in) high

Footnotes

  • 東漢 玉盤坐人像

    Human figures are rare in Han jades and appear to follow ceramic or bronze models found in tombs. The current lot is in particular, extremely rare for the figure's cross-legged posture. Related seated jade figures from the Han dynasty include: a jade seated figure, dated mid-Western Han dynasty, excavated from tomb no.1 in Lingshan, Mancheng County, Hebei Province, currently in the Hebei Provincial Centre of Cultural Relics Protection, illustrated by Gu Fang, The Pictorial Handbook of Ancient Chinese Jades, Beijing, 2007, p.247; another jade seated figure, dated late Western Han dynasty, in the Aurora Museum, Taipei, illustrated by Tsai Ching-Liang, Jades of Han Dynasty, Taipei, 2005, pl.118; and a jade figure of a seated old man, dated Eastern Han dynasty, illustrated by R.Keverne, Jade, London, 1991, p.123, pl.28.

    玉質青黃,幾乎完全受沁呈雞骨白色。玉人盤膝而坐,頭戴氈帽,帽上陰刻四葉花紋,瞇眼微笑,以陰線於面部刻眉毛及鬍鬚。玉人身形壯碩,上身坦露,並以陰線刻出毛髮,下身著短褲,膝蓋以下部分坦露,腳趾露出,盤腳而坐,形象真實,饒有風趣。

    漢代時期玉雕人像多見跪坐,而盤坐者極為少見。參看河北省滿城縣陵山1號墓出土一件西漢中期玉跪人,現藏於河北省文物保護中心,出版於古方,《中國古玉器圖典》,北京,2007年,頁247。另見震旦博物館藏一件西漢晚期玉人像,見蔡慶良著,《漢代玉器》,台北,2005年,圖版118。另參看一件東漢玉人坐像,見R.Keverne,《Jade》,倫敦,1991年,頁123,圖版28。
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