Other Jades in National Palace Museum, part2
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of jades from the Song dynasty! These artifacts are some of the most beautiful and intricate pieces of Chinese art and culture. You will find a variety of different objects on display here, including a Jade Hooked Cloud-shaped Pei Ornament, a Jade Pig-dragon, a Jade Staff Finial in the Shape of a Pigeon, a Jade Tablet, a Jade Gui Tablet, a Jade Ornament in the Shape of Phoenix Crowned with Dragon, a Jade Cong Tube, and a Jade Brush Wash in the Shape of Lotus Leaf. All of these pieces are unique and special in their own way, and they provide us with a glimpse into the past. Come explore these incredible artifacts today!
1. Jade Hooked Cloud-shaped Pei Ornament
The ancient Chinese culture saw birds of prey as mystical creatures that represented the gods. They would often use jade, a strong and lustrous stone, to carve ceremonial objects that they would use when offering sacrifices or praying to their ancestors.
2. Jade Pig-dragon
This unusual shaped pig-dragon is a jade object from the Hongshan Culture. Its round form recalls the jade chueh earrings of the Xinglonghua culture.
3. Jade Staff Finial in the Shape of a Pigeon
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4. Jade Tablet
This jade tablet is from the Neolithic period. It is ochre-red with spots that look like stars. It is not perfectly rectangular. The top and bottom edges were colored with dark ochre-red pigment.
5. Jade Gui Tablet
The Longshan Culture was a period of time in China where social divisions became increasingly distinct. Only members of the ruling class were allowed to use jade during this time. Long, narrow pieces of jade were called gui, while larger, broader pieces were known as yue.
6. Jade Gui Tablet
This jade gui tablet is yellow on both sides, with the lower half of the reverse side having a red tinge. The cutting edge of the blade is much darker, almost black, and exhibits many nicks. The other end, where the tablet was held, also shows signs of damage.
7. Jade Ornament in the Shape of Phoenix Crowned with Dragon
This phoenix has a kui-dragon as a crown. It has been carved with great precision to give it great spirit.
8. Jade Cong Tube
The Liangzhu Culture developed in the area around Lake T'ai in the lower Yangtze River region about 4000-5000 years ago. Cong tubes were cylindrical objects with a hole through the center, running from top to bottom.
9. Jade Brush Wash in the Shape of Lotus Leaf
This jade cup is mostly brownish yellow, with some grey-white mottling and a russet red that follows the lines of an inscription.