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How Valuable Are Jade Sculptures?

Apr 14, 2008
There are many cultures where Jade has been a part of, but none of the connections are as close as the connection of Chinese culture and jade.

The Jade Temple was finished with being rebuilt by 1928, there had been 5 Jade statues of Buddha before the invasion, there are still two Buddha statues that had survived the devastation.

Jade is a hard translucent stone which has been used in China dating back 7000 years. The Chinese have an association with Jade that has a symbol for all good, pure, noble and sublime. Jade artistic works not only carries a very personal relations and representation by the means of China, but Jade also demonstrates an independent strength and beauty for a worldly unique expression of stone. There were at least 13 Chinese dynasties that Jade is known to have been highly associated with, in one various development form to another there was a different association accordingly through each era.

Jade is not only the light greenish color that most think of, but it comes in several color variations. From a milky white to even milky orange or even bluish lavender, are all in the direct line of the Jade family. Due to the hard feature of Jade, this stone is shaped by grinding instead of carving. There are many cultures where Jade has been a part of, but none of the connections are as close as the connection of Chinese culture and jade.

Ornamental Jade plaques are one of the original art works linking as far back as the Hsing Lumg culture. In the Inner Mongolia area of Chih Feng, there are the first signs found of the Jade and Chinese cultural craftsmanship. It is from 7000 years and till today in every era, Jade artwork reflects the Chinese culture with a different expression and amount of items, as each era surpasses.

As each era progressed, so did the statues inside the temples with lavish Jade spread throughout all the way up the Buddha Jade statues that were many of them are larger than life. The Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai City was originally built in 1882, but destroyed in 1911 during the Qing Dynasty. The Jade Temple was finished with being rebuilt by 1928, there had been 5 Jade statues of Buddha before the invasion, there are still two Buddha statues that had survived the devastation.

All throughout China, there are variations in Jade most everywhere, just as much as in the Temples. The Statues are often bigger than life made of different types of Jade and the different Buddha formations. The Chinese do not only connect Jade with most aspect of their cultural being, but they also share there beautiful Jade craftsmanship with the world today by the means of having Jade carving factories that creates many various forms of Jade and granite statues. These statues are not only the cultural connections of Buddha to the outside world, but every aspect of Jade portrays expression and beauty of the skill of the craftsman.
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Anita Satin Choudhary writes for Ivory and Art Gallery. Browse the gallery for unique collection of artifacts ranging from Jade Sculpturesand Agate Sculpture to Netsuke.
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