Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas 2016 with Deer

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells..... comes Santa's helpers in the guise of  archaic jade deer to celebrate Christmas 2016. Instead of Santa's traditional reindeer, I will present in this post, my pair of  jade deer purportedly  from Shang-Xizhou dynasty (1600-221BC)
Celebrating Christmas 2016 with my archaic jade deer

 Left deer measures 3.5cm  and right deer measures 3cm. (pic below) They are  simply carved on both sides with heads turned back  and a few incised lines on their bodies. Although much of the jade is still smooth and lustrous the hooves and antlers show signs of patination and alteration. The remains of ancient toolmarks, an indicator of age can be seen in all the  unpolished grooves and perforations.

Reverse view
Left behind quartz stones in the narrow crevices  in between the antlers and the hoofs also point to the great age of these carvings, see enlargements below.

Quartz stone in the antlers

Quartz stone in the hooves
Spots of russet on the noses  remind me of legendry Rudolph  and leaves me wondering if they are indeed the ancient ancestors of the mythical Rudolph!  :)
Rudolph the red nose reindeer.....
.....had a very shiny nose....

....Rudolph the red nose reindeer
you will go down in history.....

Back to the present, here's a contemporary scene with golden deer from Fairprice to celebrate Christmas 2016. 

Merry Christmas 2016 with contemporary reindeer

Merry Christmas to Jade Collectors !

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