Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Large White Jade Ornament

Talking about "exquisiteness" in previous post, here is one exquisite white jade flower. Carved in multi layers with the petals opening out it is quite the acme of beauty ! This type of shape, cut and design according to the Chinese literature is obviously (kai men jian shan) of Ming vintage. Its rather large size at 4cm seem to indicate that it is not a button despite the 2 openings at the centre. Possibly a lady's hair ornament with the metal fitting or cord passing through the centre openings. It is not a perfect piece though as there is some wear on the surface but it is quite pefect for me !

For comparison, below at left is a 21st century interpretation and copy of the old form. This modern chunky jade flower is mostly used as a choker with cord for attachement passing through the centre perforation. I have seen such choker
necklaces being sold in stores and pushcarts all around town. It is rather heavy and I have adapted it for use as a burner for incense cones (see pic on right)

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