Jade Carving

Stephane, BE
0713 Jade Carving

The art is very ancient.
In Chinese art, “jade” (known by the Chinese character “yu”) is an ornamental stone used in a wide variety of jewellery art, figure carving and other types of sculpture – in statue-form and relief sculpture. Jade carving has been an important material in goldsmithing since the age of prehistoric art, and still accounts for most of China’s hardstone carving.
Historically, due to its rarity and technical difficulties of manufacture, the wearing and use of jade was restricted to tribal leaders, then Emperors and noblemen, and was most commonly used in the carving of ritual vessels, ceremonial utensils and other totemic objects, representing status and power.

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