Unknown Chinese Artist
3rd century BCE
3.19 x 9.5 x 0.13 in. (8.1 x 24.13 x 0.32 cm)
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On loan from Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, Sackler Collections (S3686)
Bellarmine Hall Galleries
In its own category and prized above all other stones in Chinese culture since Neolithic times, jade (nephrite) is a mineral found within metamorphic rocks in mountains. An extremely hard stone to carve, it is valued for its color and translucency when polished. Plaques like this were originally placed in tombs as protection. Intricately carved jade objects are used and appreciated in the scholar's studio.
This object was featured in the Fairfield University Art Museum's exhibition ink/stone (January 21-March 5, 2022). To see a virtual recreation of this exhibition, you can access our Matterport tour