This is a light green carved jade peacock standing on tree branches with two birds underneath. The jade is very transparent and is just beautiful. The tail of the peacock has little holes which further enhance the piece. The beak is finely detailed.
Does have an one condition issue. One branch which appears to have been on his chest going to the tree is broken off. Please see picture #3. This however, does not take away from the beauty of this piece as you have to look real hard to see the problem.
The jade peacock stands about 9 inches tall and the stand is another 1 inch making a total of 10 inches. The jade piece itself is about 5 l/2 inches long, not including the base. The width (also not including the base) is about 3 inches deep.
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Some interesting things about China.
Time line of Chinese Rulers
Neolithic/Archaic Period - 10,000 B.C to 1600 B.C
Ancient Period - 1600 B.C to 220 A.D
Medieval Period - 220 A.D to 1644 A.D The Ming dynasty began in 1368, and lasted until 1644 A.D. Its founder was a peasant, the third of only three peasants ever to become an emperor in China
Ching(Quin) Dynasty (Early) - 1645 A.D to 1799 A.D Ching (Quin) Dynasty (Later) - 1800 A.D to 1911 A.D known as the Manchu Dynasty, was the last ruling dynasty of China, ruling from 1644 to 1912
Republic Period - 1912 A.D to 1960's A.D
Modern Period - 1960's A.D to Present
Jade The Stone of Heaven - In the chinese culture, jade symbolizes nobility, perfection, constancy and immortality. To the chinese, jade was viewed as the most valuable of all precious stones and Jade also possessed occult value. The Chinese admire jade above all other valuable minerals. Jade was more important to them than Gold, silver or Ivory. The Chinese wore jade rings as a badge of honor. They also believed that jade helped a man realize the God-Nature relationship in man and is the closest material form of the Yin and the Yang. Jade is held highly in Chinese culture
The Color of Jade - What does it Mean -
Yellow can stand for Earth and Saturn. The color yellow stands for luck and fortune in Chinese culture
Black can mean water, North, or mercury. Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color
White may stand for air, metal, West, or Venus. In Chinese culture, white is contrary to red. When the people pass away, the relatives always wear the white clothes
Red can represent fire, South, or Mars. Red is the favorite color for the Chinese people, it stands for the joyous meaning and happiness.
Green is associated with wood, East, or Jupiter. Interesting to note when Chinese says a person is wearing a green hat, it means that his wife is having an affair.
Blue symbolize Heaven. Stands for Immortality
Lavender assist in communication and self control. It is often given as a gift to someone who has been hurt or disappointed by love. This was not a color favored by the Chinese People so I am unable to find what the Chinese associated this color to.
1.Green is the most traditional and expensive color for jade. The green color varies from pale or yellowish green to Granny Smith apple green, In its finest color it bears a close resemblance to emerald.
2.Lavender jade can be quite dark - almost deep plum-purple, or be quite light and pale. Often, lavender jade exhibits a sugary texture.
3.Red jade color range is from a lemon-yellow through beige to orange-brown to the best color: a pure red-brown. Today, red jade is often heated to increase 'redness'. This process, while permanent, impairs translucence and reduces the value of the jade.
4.Yellow jade is the most affordable jade.
5.White jade, or "pure" jade, can be found in a chalky, opaque white to a translucent gray-white.
6.Black jade is usually nephrite and, in its finer qualities, is glassy black. Surface flecks are common and acceptable
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