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Important Ancient China Pair of Imperial Jade Leg Supports Han Dynasty

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This is an authentic Chinese pair of ancient jade leg supports from the Han dynasty (220 BC-220AD) These come from our private ancient Chinese jade collection which was formed from, 1990-2005. We unconditionally guarantee them to be authentic jades from this period. Dimensions: one leg is 4 inches high and 2 inches wide at the foot and 1.25 inches diameter at the top. The second leg with slot is 3.875 inches tall and 2 inches wide at the foot and 1.125 inches diameter at the top. Each support bears remnant wood inserts still present inside the top portion indicating these had original wooden inserts and were likely used to support a human figure or perhaps supported an important tomb display base. One leg has diagonal incising at the top edge typical of Han craftsmanship and the second leg has a 1.75 inch vertical inch frontal slot. There is ample evidence of original and ancient calcification, polishing and surface encrustation. Jades from this period are handmade, engraved using metal tools which were available at that time, and then hand polished. This type of polished jade item was created for important wealthy individuals including royalty. We have seen this type of dark Chinese green, blackish jade on ancient jade bi from the earlier Qi jia culture. We guarantee authenticity. We will include: In addition, our jades have been authenticated by Mr. Gu Fang, Senior Fellow at the Centre of Jadeology and Jade Culture in Beijing, (see photo ) Today ancient jades are emblematic of power, status and privileged classes and offer more complex, varied meaning. Please refer to these excellent publications: Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, exhibition catalogue The British Museum, London, 1995, pp 13ff, and Section 4. And also "Radiant Stones Archaic Chinese Jades, the Myrna and Samurai Myers collection 2000 curated by Filippo Salviati, PhD.    

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  • Of the Period
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  • Date of Manufacture
    220 BCE-220 AD
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 4 in. x W 2 in. x D 1.125 in.H 10.16 cm x W 5.08 cm x D 2.86 cm
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference Number
    LU1289213308782
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