Extremely Rare Pair of Qijia Neolithic Jade Huang

 

Light Green Nephrite Jade with Darker Inclusions
Qijia Culture (2200-1600 BC)
Width: 11.5 cm (4.53 inches)

 

The huang (or arc-shaped pendant) form may have originally been derived from bi discs. Segments of disks were sometimes rejoined by perforating the two ends and stringing them together. They were also worn independently, being pierced at the top of the arc. Examples found in neolithic period excavations demonstrate their usage as neck ornaments. In our opinion, this pair of huang pendants is an excellent example of Qijia Neolithic period design and workmanship.

 

 

Reference number 2926

 

Published: Chinese Jade, The Image from Within. Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena,
California, 1986. Page 27, plate 3

Exhibited: Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, 1986

Published: Ritual and Power: Jades of Ancient China. The China Institute in America, New York, 1988. Plate 8

Exhibited: China House Gallery. The China Institute in America. New York, 1988