Bracelet - ROM2005_3216_1



Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: Reportedly from Henan province, China
Date: late 4th-mid 3rd millennium BC
Period: Neolithic Liangzhu culture
1.8 x 1.3 x 8.8 cm
Object number: 918.7.136
Credit Line: The George Crofts Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionThis delicately carved bracelet, notable for its eight raised bands with intricate mythological motifs in fine engraving, is a rarely seen sample in such a high quality made by Liangzhu artisans of the Lower Yangtze River region. The light-green semi-translucent jade with gold-brown veining was acquired by the ROM somewhere in Henan province in 1918 through George Crofts, over half a century before Liangzhu Culture was recognized as an East Coast prehistoric manifestation. Similar motifs on the raised bands were unknown in Liangzhu Culture until 1987 when the Yaoshan site was excavated, where a stunning known bracelet has four dragon-masks on raised bands.
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