China’s Prized Stone

  • Paul E. Desautels


So much has been published about Chinese jade carvings and so many beautiful carvings from the Orient have been exhibited that at the mere mention of jade many of us make an instant association with China. To separate the history and art of jade (as is attempted here) from the rest of China’s artistic and cultural inheritance necessarily presents a somewhat skewed view of that inheritance. For the sake of balanced perspective, it is well to remember that China has an older tradition of work in pottery than in jade; moreover, a wealth of superb ceramics, bronzes, and other artifacts has been recovered, by comparison to which the quantity of jade is small.


Ming Dynasty Kunlun Mountain Yuan Dynasty Photo Courtesy Shang Dynasty 
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