Until very recently, the purchase and acquisition of Jade has been extremely difficult as it has been the exclusive domain of China. With extremely special significance and long-lasting symbolism, this mineral is one of the most important and sought after in its nearly 7000 year existence. As early as 3000 BC, the jade was known as the “royal gem” in China and was used for weaponry in prehistoric times, due to its sturdiness.
Regarded as signifying the beautiful and precious, it also symbolizes Confucian values of wisdom, justice, courage. Worldwide, however, it is safe to say that prehistoric peoples, such as the Aztecs, Mayans, and Olmecs, and Ancient Egyptians observed jade as more valuable and powerful than gold.
This gemstone reconciles its toughness materiality with elegant streaky veins that range from dark to light green. The patterns that these veins form are endless, deeming some more valuable than others. In extremely valuable cases, the colors are particularly well blended into a rarity of look that dazzles any viewer.
The MS Rau Gallery has many examples of ornamental and fine jade. Our Nephrite Jade Censer features Chinese aesthetics that form into a pierced phoenix figure and dragons atop the lid. Crafted during the Qing Dynasty, this object was used to burn incense for spiritual and religious purposes. Dragon feet hold this historical and striking piece upright in a display of unique craftsmanship.
Most stunning, however, is our gorgeous Jade Floor Screen. This piece has thirty-six fabulously carved panels of Chinese Jade. Of even more importance is that each panel represents scenes from the life of 7th century Emperor Taizong who was the second emperor of the Tang Dynasty. The scenes begin in his childhood and lead up to his accomplished and glorified adulthood. Surrounding these frames is reticulated jade, medallion motifs, and jade carved figures of native fowl that border the entire screen. Lacquered wood with brass inlay complete this piece.
The importance and elegance of jade is long-lasting and infinite. Behind the gorgeous swirling greens is everlasting symbolism of the greatest aspects of human life.
The winner of the Nineteenth-Century European Painting Book by William Rau is James Chandler. We will notify you via email. Congratulations!