HEAD PIECE A SWORD MOUNT JIANSHOU WITH STUDS DECOR AND VOLUTES

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Auction date:28.04.2017   15:00
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Lot 68HEAD PIECE A SWORD MOUNT JIANSHOU WITH STUDS DECOR AND VOLUTES
HEAD PIECE A SWORD MOUNT JIANSHOU WITH STUDS DECOR AND VOLUTES
Jade
China
Eastern Zhou to Western Han dynasty,3. - 2. Century. Before
DM. 5.5 CM, THICKNESS 10 MMAus a canadian collection
玉劍首。西漢代,公元前3-2世紀。直徑5.5厘米,厚1厘米。加拿大私人舊藏。

This circular, plate-shaped piece is a Jianshou, the handle head piece of a sword. Similar head pieces have been found also in the king's tomb of Nanyue. The under side is completely flat and without decoration, the decorated edge of the oblique and straight, the top. The ornament factory is within a border of dense rows of clouds, the Wowen-called “swirl pattern spirals,”. In the centre there is a domed circular box with arched hook the same sharp Blades, volutes, and fields with a grid pattern. You would replace this box through an Opening, so this piece would be a very small, but perfect Bi-disc. On the bottom of a narrow circle, is a circular channel for Connecting the handle and Eyelets to Fasten. The jade color is green yellow, it is given a blackish area, as well as white boxes and wires, also a little corrosion, due to the aging. Good translucency, which brings the green and yellow in the veins, etc., in very busy blackish contrast.

Notes by Prof. Salviati: This jade pommel represents the standard type of search ornaments for swords which were current during the late Eastern Zhou and Western Han periods. It is round in shape with a plain underside and a circular groove carved in the centre. The top has a large raised round boss in the middle embellished with three comma-like patterns radiating from the border that alternate with etched patterns comprised within scrolls. The area between the central boss and the border is filled with regular spirals incised in low relief. The closest comparable example is a sword pommel in the J. Hotung collection published in J. Rawson, Chinese Jade. From the Neolithic to the Qing, London 1995, no.21:3, carved in a similar green jade with altered areas. Another very similar example is a sword pommel, carved in translucent green jade from the collection of Max Loehr (1903-1988) which is engraved at the centre with the same exact pattern as the present one: Sotheby's Paris, December 15, 2016, sale PF1627, Lot 70: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/jades-archaiques-de-chine-pf1627/lot.70.html Two more similar jades in the Freer/Sackler Galleries (acc. nos. S1987.599 and S1987.601) display the same central motif, though the spirals are rendered as sketched hexagons: http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.php?q=fsg_S1987.599 http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.php?q=fsg_S1987.601

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