A group of small pale brown and grey jade vessels Western Han Dynasty (8)

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A group of small pale brown and grey jade vessels
Western Han Dynasty

Sold for HK$ 1,240,000 (US$ 158,363) inc. premium
A group of small pale brown and grey jade vessels
Western Han Dynasty
Comprising: a small jade ear cup with long 'ear'-handles attached with gilt metal fittings on the sides, the stone of a greyish-white tone with brown inclusions; a small jade bowl carved with a groove below the mouth rim, the pale greyish-white stone with brown areas; three small circular boxes of greyish-white tone, one with a cover; and a small rectangular greyish-white jade box and cover with rounded sides.
The ear cup 9.3cm (3 3/4in) long (8).

Footnotes

  • 西漢 青玉雕器皿一組

    Published and Illustrated 出版:
    Art and Imitation in China, Hong Kong, 2006, p.222, no.99 (the ear cup)
    《馳騁古今:中國藝術的仿摹與創新》,香港,2006年,頁222,編號99(耳杯)

    Exhibited 展覽:
    University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong (14 October - 17 December 2006) (the ear cup)
    香港大學美術博物館,2006年10月14日至12月17日(耳杯)

    The advances in jade-carving techniques instigated during the Warring States period and continued throughout the Han dynasty. Jade lapidaries with the assistance of metal tools were able to efficiently hollow out large pebbles to form toiletry boxes, bowls and cups.

    A Han dynasty jade ear cup is illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade 4, Beijing, 2011, p.187, no.242. Another ear cup, Han dynasty, in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., is illustrated by M.Sullivan, The Arts of China, California, 1999, p.86, fig.5.36. Compare with a similar jade bowl from the Liaoning Provincial Museum, illustrated by Gu Fang, The Pictorial Handbook of Ancient Chinese Jades, Beijing, 2007, p.278.

    此組器皿包括一件青玉雕耳杯,局部受沁,雙耳各嵌以銅鎏金獸耳柄;一件玉盞,素面,口沿處有凹弦紋一道,通體打磨光滑;四件小容器,其中三件圓形、一件橢圓形,兩件蓋已失。

    耳杯又稱羽觴,始見戰國,興盛於兩漢。可參考北京故宮博物院藏一件漢代玉耳杯,著錄於《故宮博物院藏品大系:玉器編4:漢魏晉南北朝》,北京,2011年,頁187,圖版242。另見美國華盛頓弗瑞爾美術館藏一件玉耳杯,見M.Sullivan,《The Arts of China》,加州,1999年,頁86,圖5.36。類似之素面玉盞,見遼寧省博物館藏一例,古方著,《中國古玉器圖典》,北京,2007年,頁278。
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