An exhibition of works by Suzhou jade carvings masters such as Jiang Xi and Yang Xi were unveiled at the Beijing Aimer Art Gallery over the weekend. Let’s take a look at the exquisitely carved products demonstrating the beauty and skillfullness of the traditional craftsmen.
This piece of jade carving shows a young couple. The carver subtly uses the natural color of the jade.
And the carver of this jade piece skillfully combines the shape of China’s map with the running horse.
Zhang Hong, v. executive pres. of China Arts & Crafts Assoc., said, “This Hetian jade pebble is very rare. The carver skillfully used its natural color, and he did not express those traditional subjects in this piece of jade carving. This is really good.”
Suzhou City of east China’s Jiangsu Province is one of the original centers of jade carvings in China. The city was highly reputed for its jade carvings from the Tang Dynasty to the Ming Dynasty. Suzhou jade carvings are mainly small pieces, mostly vases, figurines, flowers and animals. And this pair of jade vases are carved with a lot of patterns similar to those on bronzes. This pair of transparent jade bowls are carved with a lump of Hetian jade pebble. Beautiful shape, exquisite fretwork. These are the characteristics of Suzhou jade carvings.
Some jade carvings on show present the carvers’ creativity. And this piece is one of them. Its carver Yang Xi said that the key for a jade carving is the design, and it took him much time on the work.
Yang Xi said, “Here I also made use of the natural colors of the raw materials. And then I made the design of a musical instrument and a dragon based on the natural white and black colors.”
The Suzhou jade Carvings exhibition is due to end in January 2012.
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