Antique Chinese Jade Carvings Photos

While the west thinks of jade as a green rock, the Chinese include a much wider range of minerals & colors in what they call jade. Carvings featured are mostly rock, but some on other materials are included for comparison.

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Chinese jade or bronze ceremonial tools & weapons at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.Chinese jade & bronze ceremonial daggers & axes at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.China: wine vessel in Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Jade bird plaques from China in Sackler Gallery. Washington, DC.
Chinese jade or bronze ceremonial tools & weapons (c3300-1050 BCE) at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.Chinese jade & bronze ceremonial daggers & axes (c1300-1200 BCE) at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.China: wine vessel (1300-1050 BCE) in Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Jade bird plaques from Western Zhou dynasty of China (11th c BCE) in Sackler Gallery. Washington, DC.
Chinese jade stag pendant at Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Washington, DC.Chinese objects at Harvard Art Museums. Cambridge, MA.Chinese jade pendants & gold chain at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.Chinese jade Bi disk with dragon & feline at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.
Chinese jade stag pendant (11th C BCE, Western Zhou dynasty) at Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Washington, DC.Chinese objects (11th-1st C BCE) at Harvard Art Museums. Cambridge, MA.Chinese jade pendants & gold chain (c475-221 BCE) at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.Chinese jade Bi disk with dragon & feline (c100-220 CE) at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.
Chinese sandstone Buddha at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.Chinese marble stele with Buddhist themes at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.Asian gallery at Museum of Fine Arts with stone Bodhisattva of compassion from China. Boston, MA.Limestone sculpture of Bodhisattva from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Chinese sandstone Buddha (c523) at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.Chinese marble stele with Buddhist themes (557-581) at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.Asian gallery at Museum of Fine Arts with stone Bodhisattva of compassion (c580) from China. Boston, MA.Limestone sculpture of Bodhisattva (581-618) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Chinese limestone Buddhas at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.Laughing Buddha at Museum of World Treasures. Wichita, KS.Marble sculpture of Arhat Buddhist deity from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Chinese wooden head of Guanyin at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA.
Chinese limestone Buddhas (581-600) at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.Laughing Buddha (907) at Museum of World Treasures. Wichita, KS.Marble sculpture of Arhat Buddhist deity (1180) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Chinese wooden head of Guanyin (1279-1368 - Yuan Dynasty) at Carnegie Museum of Art. Pittsburgh, PA.
Quan Yin sandstone statue Qing Dynasty at Mobile Museum of Art. Mobile, AL.Bamboo root carved mountain scene from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved Nephrite jade with mountain waterfall scene from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved dyed jade to imitate lapis lazuli of table screen showing gathering from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Quan Yin (goddess of mercy) sandstone statue Qing Dynasty (17-18th C) at Mobile Museum of Art. Mobile, AL.Bamboo root carved mountain scene (1644-1911) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved Nephrite jade with mountain waterfall scene (1644-1911) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved dyed jade to imitate lapis lazuli of table screen showing gathering (1644-1911) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Carved Malachite jade in shape of carp from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved Nephrite jade in shape of monkeys presenting peach of longevity from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved rock crystal beaker with ring handles from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.China: Qing dynasty Buddhist deity Simhavaktra Dakina in Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Carved Malachite jade in shape of carp (1644-1911) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved Nephrite jade in shape of monkeys presenting peach of longevity (1644-1911) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved rock crystal beaker with ring handles (1644-1900) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.China: Qing dynasty Buddhist deity Simhavaktra Dakina (1736-95) in Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Rhinoceros horn cup with carved scene of paradise from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Qing dynasty operatic scene carved on skull of hornbill from Borneo from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved jadeite vessel from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved jadeite ewer in shape of hat of highest-ranking Lamas from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.
Rhinoceros horn cup with carved scene of paradise (c1736-95) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Qing dynasty operatic scene carved on skull of hornbill from Borneo (18th C) from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved jadeite vessel (18th-19th C) from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved jadeite ewer in shape of hat of highest-ranking Lamas (18th C) from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.
Mughal-period nephrite & gold box cover from India at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved nephrite miniature mountain from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Carved rock crystal in shape of buffalo from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved Nephrite jade in shape of envoy Su Wu herding goats from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Mughal-period nephrite & gold box cover (18th-19th C) from India at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved nephrite miniature mountain (late 18th - early 19th C) from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Carved rock crystal in shape of buffalo (c1800-1900) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved Nephrite jade in shape of envoy Su Wu herding goats (c1800-1900) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Gilded wood carvings of disciples of Buddha from Myanmar at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Jadeite bowl carved with monkeys from Myanmar at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved jadeite elephant from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved jadeite container depicting rebirth in paradise of Amitabha from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.
Gilded wood carvings of disciples of Buddha (19th) from Myanmar at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Jadeite bowl carved with monkeys (19th C) from Myanmar at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved jadeite elephant (late 19th - early 20th C) from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved jadeite container depicting rebirth in paradise of Amitabha (late 19th C) from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.
Qing dynasty carved jadeite container depicting Bodhidharma crossing the Yangtze on a Reed from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved nephrite dragon bowl from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved jadeite phoenix carrying a Zun vessel from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved jadeite tripod censer from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.
Qing dynasty carved jadeite container depicting Bodhidharma crossing the Yangtze on a Reed (late 19th - early 20th C) from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved nephrite dragon bowl (19th C) from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved jadeite phoenix carrying a Zun vessel (late 19th - early 20th C) from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.Qing dynasty carved jadeite tripod censer (late 19th C) from China at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Dallas, TX.
Carved jadeite covered vase with ring handles from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved Nephrite openwork incense burner from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved jadeite mythical bird presenting a vessel from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved malachite tray from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Carved jadeite covered vase with ring handles (1900-49) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved Nephrite openwork incense burner (1900-49) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved jadeite mythical bird presenting a vessel (1900-49) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Carved malachite tray (1900-49) from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Chinese smoked agate incense burner from MacArthur's collection at Douglas MacArthur Memorial. Norfolk, VA.Carved jade sculpted horses given to Nixon by China's Secretary Hu Yaobang at Nixon Library. Yorba Linda, CA.Collection of jade from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Chinese sculpture collection at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.
Chinese smoked agate incense burner from MacArthur's collection at Douglas MacArthur Memorial. Norfolk, VA.Carved jade sculpted horses given to Nixon by China's Secretary Hu Yaobang at Nixon Library. Yorba Linda, CA.Collection of jade from China at Asian Art Museum. San Francisco, CA.Chinese sculpture collection at Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, DC.
Oriental art collection at Museum of World Treasures. Wichita, KS.Chinese sandstone carvings at Harvard Art Museums. Cambridge, MA.

Oriental art collection at Museum of World Treasures. Wichita, KS.Chinese sandstone carvings (6th-8th C) at Harvard Art Museums. Cambridge, MA.


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