CHINA’S UNIQUE JADE CULTURE

A 1,000-Year-Old Jade Statue


China historically has four major locations with rich reserve of high quality jade, which are Xinjiang in northwest for Hetian Jade, Shaanxi in central north for Dushan Jade, Liaoning in northeast for Youyan Jade and Hubei in central south for Green Jade.

A jade of this size is very unusual that is why Chinese would build a temple to house it with the name of the temple after the jade statue.

A 2,000-Year-Old Jade Suit

This jade suit, made in Han Dynasty (206BC – 220AD), is stitched with copper threads with the stitching holes just being 1mm in diameter.

According to the ancient documents (Book of Late Han), during Han era, jade burial outfits for the emperors would be sewed by gold threads, while other royal family members would have the jade clothes put together with silver or copper threads.

This copper thread jade suit was discovered and unearthed in a stadium construction site n 2004, with total of 2,257 jade pieces collected. It took two months for the relic restoring specialists to resemble the garment for public display.

A 2,500-Year-Old Jade Relief

Unearthed from a tomb in Zhejiang, this decorative piece of jade was produced during Spring and Autumn Era when Confucius and Lao Tzu lived.

Measuring 7.1cm long, 7.5cm wide and 0.2cm thick, it has dragon pattern all over with two little holes at the top and the bottom.

A 3,000-Year-Old Jade Deer

A deer carved with one piece of jade, unearthed from a tomb dating back to West Zhou Dynasty (1122 BC – 1046 BC).

8,000-Year-Old Jade Jewelries

 Jade relics were unearthed from Xinglongwa Cultural site

Jade relics were unearthed from Xinglongwa Cultural site

Jade culture based on a well developed precision craft technology is a distinctive traditional Chinese culture, while the discovery of archaeological site of Xinglongwas Cultural, dating back to 8,000 years ago during the so-called Neolithic Age, is a further proof that the vast land beyond China’s Great Wall was inhabited by ethnic Chinese until around 2.500 years ago when nomadic tribes including Huns and Mongols from further north pressed southwards and turned farms and workshops into grazing lands for their cattles.

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