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White Jade Folded-branch Peony Accessory

Hubei Provincial Museum

Hubei Provincial Museum

This accessory is a single peony flower and folded branch caved from Hetian seed jade. This object draws on the traditional "folded branch" (折枝) Chinese painting style used for paintings of flowers and birds. Only the flowers and branches or stalks folding down from the trunk of the tree are carved, so that the entire object is not shown. This style of painting began in the mid-Tang dynasty and became widespread during the Song dynasty.

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  • Title: White Jade Folded-branch Peony Accessory
  • Location: Tomb of Prince Zhuang of Liang, Zhongxiang City, Hubei Province
  • Medium: Jade
  • Excavation Date: 2001
  • Dynasty: Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644
  • Dimensions: Length: 5.5cm, width: 4.5cm, thickness: 1.4cm, weight: 37.9g

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