Lot 603
  • 603

AN EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE AND EXTREMELY RARE DATED ZITAN MOUNTED ARCHAIC JADE BI EASTERN HAN DYNASTY, THE INSCRIPTION AND THE STAND DATED TO THE GENGYIN YEAR (CORRESPONDING TO 1770)

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the exceptionally large jade bi dated to the Eastern Han Dynasty, boldly carved to both sides with an overall array of small raised circular dots, encircled by an intricately reticulated and carved band of the characters Yen and Nian at the top and bottom respectively, surrounded by two writhing qilong dragon and one phoenix, the top with an extended openwork flange of a pair of confronting qilong dragons, the outer edge masterfully inscribed with a long inscription in zhuanshu composed by the Qianlong emperor and carved to his order, the stone of a dark celadon tone with paler inclusions and deep honey-brown areas throughout, mounted within a carved zitan table screen, the front with a central carved wood boss with the triagram qian, which locks into the back panel to secure the jade, and carved with archaistic patterns to the front, the reverse carved and picked out in gold with an almost identical inscription written in lishu differing only in the date, ending with Gengyin yuti, the stand and sides carved with further archaistic patterns

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