A rare pale green jade 'Champion' vase Ming Dynasty

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Lot 111
A rare pale green jade 'Champion' vase
Ming Dynasty

HK$ 300,000 - 400,000
US$ 39,000 - 51,000
A rare pale green jade 'Champion' vase
Ming Dynasty
Carved in the form of two cylindrical receptacles, each with a broad band of raised bosses between a band of low-relief chilong pattern and stylised ruyi-heads, all linked together by a heavenly bird with outstretched wings and a circular ring suspended from its beak, standing on a crouching beast emerging between the bases, the tail feathers of each visible on the reverse and linked by a handle decorated with bosses, the lustrous stone of an even pale-green tone with russet inclusions. 7.3cm (2 7/8in) high.

Footnotes

  • 明 玉雕「英雄」合巹杯

    Provenance:
    An American private collection, acquired prior to 1967.

    來源:
    美國私人收藏

    Vases of this form are known as 'champion vases', which refers to the vessel's double-tubular compartments connected by an eagle (ying) and a bear (xiong). The word ying and xiong form the pun on the word for 'champion' or 'hero'. In form, the vase was inspired by earlier bronzes, such as the Tang dynasty 'champion' vase shown in the Xiqing Gujian, 1751, illustrated by M.Wilson, Chinese Jades, London, 2004, p.106, pl.107.

    Compare with four related pale green jade 'champion' vases, Ming dynasty, two from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade, vol.7 Beijing, 2011, nos.214-217.

    青玉,玉質顯舊,有沁色。雙筒相連式,均為圓口,深圈足。口沿和腹部刻穀紋,間以夔鳳紋及如意花瓣紋。應熊在雙筒之間,取諧音「英雄」之吉意。《禮昏儀》:「共牢而食,合巹而酳」,因此又稱合巹杯。至明清時期已經成為宮廷珍貴陳設品。

    故宮博物院藏四件明代青玉英雄合巹杯,其中兩件為清宮舊藏,見《故宮博物院藏品大系:玉器編7》,北京,2011年,圖版214-217。

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A rare pale green jade 'Champion' vase Ming Dynasty
A rare pale green jade 'Champion' vase Ming Dynasty
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