Archaistic Liang Zhu culture jade bangle. This is a very wide bangle measuring approximately 1.5 inches wide with an inside diameter of 64 mm. It is 7 mm thick and weighs 139.9 grams.
This bangle is a good example of the archaistic tradition or fanggu. The antiquarian spirit that inspired the scholars and court during the Song and Ming Dynasties and earlier Chinese cultures encouraged the Imperial workshops to follow the styles and specifications recorded in ancient documents. The artists created works of art that offered their own interpretation of ancient forms and motifs with a nod to the taste of earlier cultures. In this same manner, this bangle is an example of archaistic jade carving based on the Neolithic New Stone Age culture of Liang Zhu which dates from 3300 to 2250 BC.. It has very fine carving and is a russet color typical of the Liang Zhu jades. While it is possible that this bangle does date from the Neolithic era, its pristine condition leads one to believe that it is a very fine archaistic tribute to the Liang Zhu culture dating from a later date. The Liang Zhu people must have placed great value on jade, judging by the high number and outstanding quality of jades found in their tombs.
I have been collecting and selling jade for many years. This is part of my collection which I am now sharing with other jade lovers. For more options, please see the jade section of my shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/elegantartifacts
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