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19th C. Chinese Qing Jade Ceremonial Cups (pr)

East Asia, China, Qing Dynasty, ca. 19th century CE. Simple yet elegant, a lovely pair of hand-carved jade ceremonial cups, with matching forms. Each petite vessel presents slightly concave walls that rise to a flared rim and sits upon a concave, disc foot. The jade presents a stunning translucent pale seafoam green hue with feathery white inclusions and attractive patination. Size: 2.125" in diameter x 1.875" H (5.4 cm x 4.8 cm)

Chinese art has incorporated jade since the Neolithic period; quarries for nephrite, the formal name for jade, have been found in modern-day southern Mongolia that date to ca. 4000 BCE. The stone was prized for its hardness, its beautiful coloration, and its durability. By the third millennium BCE, we know that jade had also come to be associated with immortality. Jade was used to make everything from everyday household objects and decoration to the ceremonial suits in which Han dynasty emperors were buried – with the belief that jade would preserve the body and the soul for eternity.

Condition: Overall superb condition! Gorgeous translucency, pale green hues, and white veining!

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection

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