A State of Washington Licensed Business, assumes all responsibility for the information contained in this description and for the English translation and transcription of the ancient Chinese graphic characters. Furthermore, I prohibit the further dissemination of this information in any written, video, or electronic format without my expressed, written approval. In ancient China, this tiny jade hair ornament would have been the height of fashion and extravagance for the wealthy, upper-class man or woman that owned it. Their hair would have been gathered together or put in a "man bun" and then passed through the center hole of this jade ornament.
Here are the approximate measures of this tiny treasure. This translucent, jade hair ornament is in museum-quality condition, with no chips, repairs, or restorations. The thin, celadon-green surface of the jade is almost completely coated with white mineral deposits (likely calcium) and small amounts of red iron from the soil in which it was buried. This rare and fragile jade hair ornament is for Display Only and should not be used as a modern hair ornament.The items offered for sale by Ancient Civilizations are unconditionally guaranteed authentic. They were legally imported to the United States years ago and are legal to sell and own under U. Statute Title 19, Chapter 14, Code 2611, Convention on Cultural Property. Sometimes called a "jade horse's hoof" in modern China, this small hair ornament has two holes drilled directly opposite of each other that would have supported a slender, jade hair pin to secure the fragile jade ornament on the wearer's head.
So, it is definitely a Neolithic hair ornament, and a few examples can be found in the world's finest museums, including the MET and the British Museum. Remarkable craftsmanship was used to create this small jade decoration. The top of the ornament is only 2mm thick and even a slight, uneven pressure during creating it would have crushed it.
It is also amazing that it has survived over 5,000 years! I've tried to capture the beauty of this little jade gem with some outdoor photos taken into the Sun light so you can see the translucent, celadon green jade. The Hongshan Culture The Hongshan were temple builders and city builders who created some of the earliest nephrite jade carvings. Their sophisticated Jade carving techniques employed technologies that exceeded simple explanations.
It has recently been discovered that the Hongshan possessed the knowledge of metallurgy and employed the use of copper and iron from meteorites as tools to work their jade masterpieces. Many of the Hongshan Jade artifacts are well persevered because the Hongshan culture utilized slab burial tombs and because of the dry arid climate of Inner Mongolia. As many of you know, Nephrite jade, also known as "soft jade" or "ancient Jade" in China, was used from China's early Neolithic cultures in 8,000 BC to 1800 AD for carving all types of ritual and utilitarian items. Nephrite, which is somewhat "softer" than the jadeite used by Neolithic Japanese and European cultures, was easier to cut, carve, polish, and drill than jadeite. So, the ancient Chinese found that Nephrite Jade could be worked by using quartz or garnet sand, polished with bamboo or jade dust, and even drilled with bone drills that used a slurry made of jade dust and water as the abrasive.During China's Neolithic Period, Hongshan Jade ritual and tomb objects were created for a period of more than 2,000 years. Hongshan jades have been discovered in large quantities with over 52 different types of Jade objects in various shapes and forms.
Jade (called the "Stone of Heaven" by the Chinese) is priceless. Testifying to how much the Chinese are fond of jade is this time-honored proverb: Gold may have a price, but jade is priceless. The value of gold can be determined by measuring its weight.The value of a piece of jade is "assessed" by taking numerous factors into account. For example, the luster, purity and color, the sound it produces when struck, and when the jade piece was discovered or when and where a jade artifact was produced can affect a piece's value. I've looked under 10x magnification under both natural and Black Light and I can find no signs of any modern tool work or repairs. The hand tool marks left in the jade by the master stone artist who carved, shaped, and engraved this work of art appear to be consistent with those marks of other ancient jades I have examined. Each object I sell is professionally researched, translated if I can...
(smile), and compared with similar objects in the collections of the finest museums in the world. When in doubt, I have worked with dozens of subject matter experts to determine the condition and authenticity of numerous antiquities and antiques. Please examine the macro photos taken both indoors and outdoors carefully, as they are part of the description.