Kyu, Huang, Cong, and Bi are ritual, ceremonial utensils used in ancient ritual activities and sacrificial activities. They are used to hold for showing the royalty or place to increase prestige on important occasions.
Ding as a ritual ware is of great significance in the pre-Qin dynasty ritual system. It is used to “distinguish the noble and inferior” and “identify the feudal hierarchy”.
This group of statuettes are in a kneeling position, dressed in luxurious imperial robe, and have a solemn expression. They hold ritual utensils, which are Gui, Huang, Cong, and Bi. There is a square tripod(Ding) on top of the head, the Ding has four legs and two ears with four gluttonous beast facial patterns carved on all sides.
The statuette is meticulously carved, with drop-shaped eyes, bridged nose, and a beard on the lips. Wearing a flat crown with a tripod on it. Dressing a gorgeous robe decorated with ganoderma shaped patterns.
This group of statuettes are made of high-quality white jade. The jade is sleek with mild patina on the surface and red soak-induced color, weathered orange peel texture in some parts.
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