In the field of ancient jade, the sculptures with the theme of jade figurines have always been a rare one.
Most representing the later period of Shang Dynasty’s jade were unearthed in the tomb of Lady Hao (No.5) in the Yin ruins of Anyang, Henan Province in 1976. There are 755 large and small jades, many of which are of the same quality as Hetian jade. At present, there are five types of jade figurines in Shang Dynasty, among which the whole body figure of circular sculpture is the least.
This collection made by greenish white Hetian jade. It has deeply natural coloration in the whole figure, which is very rare. The carved lines on the clothes show the dress style of the aristocracy at that time.
A small cap is worn on the head, with a twill pattern at the collar, and a roll pattern at the front chest and arms. The two hands are folded and placed on the abdomen. The waist is tied with a belt. The pattern of the robe and skirt is the cross pattern between the upper and lower quotation marks. This kind of arrangement style has the style of cattail, which has many similarities with the traditional costumes of today's ethnic minorities. There is a hole in the head cap, so it is known that the owner of the tomb wore the figurine.
This collection may be a jade that can prove the identity of the tomb owner. Because of the calcification of the facial features, the incisions on the right eye are not clear, but the incisions on the lips are still very clear.
It's hard to see the jade figurines with full body style, let alone the delicate details. It's self-evident that the valuable status of who can wear this jade craft two or three thousand years ago.