Subject:Re: Jade Incense Burner or Jade Pillow
Posted By: Philip Liu Sat, Feb 04, 2012
Thank you for your viewpoints.
Your comment regarding the wholesaler is interesting and I must admit that I never thought of that. However, it was only today that I have found another website that gives a brief description of Yuan carving style and I have quoted it here……………...
”Jade Song and Yuan times, due to the impact of different cultures, so also reflect the ethnic jade and local characteristics. South carved delicate and neat, vigorous and effective North carving. But on the whole, the total being carved thin lines. Animals generally have the upper and lower parts of the body piercing, and the holes to square the number, the characters facial features are often in the same plane, and the “character eyebrow” dress with a light fine “rice font” characterization. To the Yuan Dynasty carved general rough and powerful drill the surface is often left marks and traces of thallium, as well as the phenomenon of dangerous knives, polishing less stress”.
I am surprise that you do not think that the Yuan people imitated the Han. As I understand it, the Yuan era was one of the first periods when copying of ancestral ritualistic ware was carried out. I think it began as early as the Song dynasty. I think it was because of the respect they had for the ancient skills.
Lastly, I will admit that it did cross my mind that the pillow shown on the travelblog link could be a modern representation. But after some consideration, I dismissed it as being not plausible. In any case, even if it is a modern representation it must have been copied from an original, and if so, where is the original?