Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing

Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing

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The Chinese have revered the mystery and magic of jade since ancient times. This authoritative book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive survey of six thousand years of development, from the earliest cultures to the twentieth century. The author describes and assesses the variety of roles and functions, ritual and ceremonial, which jade has played in China. Recent discoveries from hitherto little known neolithic cultures of around 3000 BC have highlighted the extraordinary skills of the craftsmen and the complexity of the cultures that supported them. Other remarkable finds include the precursors of the famous jade suits, which range from jade plaques and shrouds dating from about 900 BC to superb pendants and sword fittings carved for a king buried near Canton in around 122 BC. This catalogue describes over 300 outstanding pieces from Sir Joseph Hotung's collection, which spans the history of jade in China. Drawing upon the very latest archaeological reseach to set jade in its historical and artistic context, this work will stand as a definitive reference for many years to come. In her wide-ranging introduction to the catalogue the author analyses the arguments and sets out new views, supplementing this major essay with a series of shorter introductions to the chronological sections into which the jades of different types, shapes and functions have been divided. The book is fully illustrated throughout with specially commisioned photographs of each piece from the collection, all in color, along with comparative examples from the rich collection of the British Museum.2), 394; glass making and glass simulants 421 gold 13, 18, 27-8, 60-75, 81, 245, 308-9; designs 61, 64-9; Western Zhou ... 51), 67, 273-4 grinding wheel, evidence for use 175 Guangdong province, stepped axes 1 70 Guanghan see ... Henan province, dragon pendants 270; see also Hougudui Gu shi huapu ( illustrated manual) 100 Guweicun, Hui xian, ... 2a), 359 (26:3), bear and tiger in combat 360-1 (26:5), horse head 358 (26:1), imaginary beasts and bixie, jade and stone 352 (fig.

Title:Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing
Author:Jessica Rawson
Publisher:Art Media Resources Ltd - 2002-12


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