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Jadeite Dragon Vase

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

A carved imperial jade dragon vase from the National Gem Collection. Imperial jade is the finest quality of jade and is one of the world's most valuable gems, particularly in Asia. Imperial jade is known for it's near-transparent quality. It is called imperial jade because in imperial China, the finest quality jade was reserved strictly for the royal courts. Jade comes in variety of colors as shown by this vase, which exhibits very light-to-medium green and light purple colors.

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  • Title: Jadeite Dragon Vase
  • Type: Vase
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): G4589
  • Photo Credit: Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Mineral Sciences
  • Fassion: Carved
  • Color: Very Light To Med Green, Light Purple

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