A Chinese lidded White Jade Vase
Carved white jade. Tapered ovoid shape, with accentuated foot and lid. Flanked by a pair of elephant mask handles suspending loose rings. Archaic pattern is carved throughout the surface of the body and lid. It has a polished surface. The entire surface of its body and lid are carved in low relief with traditional Chinese geometric patterns and motifs in the archaic style, including: taotie masks, dragon shapes, clouds and key fret motifs.
19th to 20th Century
The history of jade is as long as the Chinese civilization. Archaeologists have found jade objects from the early Neolithic period (about 5000 BC). Jade metaphorically equated jade with human virtues because of its hardness, durability, and (moral) beauty. Chinese people love jade because of not only its beauty, but also more importantly its culture, meaning and humanity, as Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC) said there are 11 De (virtue) in jade. Furthermore, because jade stands for beauty, grace and purity, it has been used widely thorough Chinese history as one of the main materials for works of art, a translucent stone worked into ornaments, ceremonial weapons and ritual objects. Jade was worn by kings and nobles and after death placed with them in the tomb. As a result, the material became associated with royalty and high status. It also came to be regarded as powerful in death, protecting the body from decay.
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