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Jadeite cabbage

Jadeite cabbage
Jadeite cabbage
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‧Jadeite Cabbage moved to exhibition "Nature and Human in Unison – the Smart Carvings of Jade and Beautiful Stones" in gallery 302 on December 31, 2009.

Jadeite is a type of jade found in the mountains stretching from Yünnan to Myanmar. It comes in ochre to brilliant green, echoing the colors of the kingfisher bird, hence the alternate name "kingfisher jade". This piece of jadeite carved into the form of a bokchoy cabbage was a decorative object in the Yung-ho Palace, but it was originally "planted" into a small enameled basin in the shape of a crab apple blossom with spirit fungi carved from red coral by its side. Rendered from a piece of half-grayish-white, half-green jadeite, the craftsmen cleverly used the original coloring of the mineral to carve it into a true-to-life stalk of bokchoy cabbage with leaves and veins clearly articulated. Also rendered at the top are a locust and its relative, a katydid. The katydid is commonly referred to as a "lady spinner". Due to its great propensity for procreation, in antiquity this insect family was considered an auspicious symbol for having many children and grandchildren. Even in the "Odes of Chou and South" from the ancient Book of Poetry, it is written, "Oh, winged locusts collecting in such great numbers, how fitting is it that your descendants are so many."

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