Kuei Tablet

Kuei Tablet
Late Lung-shan Culture to Erh-li-t'ou Culture (ca. 2200-1600 B.C.)
Length: 18.8 cm, max. width: 5.4 cm, thickness: 1.29 cm

  The color on both sides of this lustrous jade tablet differs slightly. One side is light chestnut and the other is yellowish ivory. The sides broaden down to a unsharpened blade. The narrow end has two drilled holes, one large and the other small. The large one was drilled from both sides and the small one from one side. The jade is undecorated.

??One side was engraved with poetry and an imperial seal. The tablet was adorned with tassels and jade fittings, and a wooden box??/font>


Traditional studies on kuei tablets in "Illustrated Study of Ancient Jades"


??...mention that this kuei tablet had a hole in the middle and that it was a ritual ornament held by the emperor when venerating the sun. The hole was used to fasten the kuei as part of the emperor's regalia.