23 septembre 2010

A jadeite snuff bittle, 1760-1830. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing

A jadeite snuff bittle, 1760-1830. Imperial, attributed to the Palace workshops, Beijing. photo courtesy Sotheby's . well hollowed, of flattened ovoid form with a cylindrical neck and concave mouth rim, resting on an oval recessed foot, beautifully carved in low relief on each face with a central panel comprising an archaistic taotie mask, below a formalized foliate motif, above a band of lappets and raised bosses, the shoulders set with animal masks suspending mock ring handles, above a vajra-shaped motif on each... [Lire la suite]