Jadeite Cabbage 翠玉白菜

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Dublin Core

Title

Jadeite Cabbage 翠玉白菜

Subject

Mineral, Jade, Vegetable-like objects

Description

Another piece of rock that has been carved into the shape of a Chinese cabbage head. It even has two insects crawling among the leaves.

Date

Late Qing Dynasty (1644 AD- 1911 AD)

Format

Small, Reflective and bright colour, Smooth texture

Type

Craft

Crafts Item Type Metadata

Crafting Methods

The cabbage was carved from a single piece of jadeite taking advantage of its half-white, half-green natural colors. The numerous imperfections in the rock such as cracks and discolored blotches were incorporated into the sculpture and became the veins in the cabbage's stalks and leaves.

Materials

Stone, Mineral

Usage and Application

One important reason why carved-jade objects were and still are so highly prized, is because the Chinese believe that jade represents purity, beauty, longevity, and even immortality. In addition, jade carvers valued the stone for its glitter, translucent colors and shades.

Collection

Citation

“Jadeite Cabbage 翠玉白菜
,” CCCH9051 Group 64, accessed June 19, 2024, https://learning.hku.hk/ccch9051/group-64/items/show/33.

Output Formats

Geolocation