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Meat-shaped stone

Meat-shaped stone
Meat-shaped stone

‧Meat-shaped Stone moved to exhibition "Nature and Human in Unison – the Smart Carvings of Jade and Beautiful Stones" in gallery 302 on December 31, 2009.

A piece of jade can be cleverly transformed by carving it into the form of a vegetable, while another mineral is naturally rendered to imitate a piece of meat. This "Meat-shaped stone" looks just like stewed pork. Not only are the layers of fat and lean meat clearly defined, even the pores on the skin above are completely rendered. This piece and "Jadeite cabbage" are two of the Museum's most famous masterpieces that show how great craftsmanship not only enhance the beauty and features of natural objects, but it sometimes even outdoes them.

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