Ancient Chinese Ritual Jade Double Gift Amulet Hongshan Culture For Sale
Artifacts, Antiques & Fine Collectables
Ancient Chinese Jade
Double Offering Amulet
4500 BC--2250 BC
With English Translation!
"We Sacrifice to the Ancestors these Ritual Double Gifts
of Meat & Jade to Honor the Spirit of this Man"
Original,Authentic, and Extremely RARE!
A gentleman always carried a jade pendant, as a symbol of class and to remind him the virtues of a gentleman, since those virtues were found in jade.
It measures approximately2.45” in diameter x .44" thickand weighs about 95 grams or 3.4 ozs.
This jade amulethas a fantastic color & natural patina thatis SPECTACULAR!
This is a Museum QualityNeolithic Chineseamulet/pendant! I Guarantee it to be 100% authentic or your money back.
This amulet appears to have documented the ritual sacrifice of food (specifically meat) to the Ancestors to keep its owner safe from Evil Spirits and to offer him longevity, wealth, and immortality. This ancient Chinese Ritual Offering of Food Amulet is made of pure Nephrite Jade that has turned a rich, dark brown color with flakes of orange/red from the iron in the soil that has been absorbed into the porous jade. The jade amulet shows signs of severe weathering, pitting, and has white calcification from the minerals in the soil. The amulet also shows the growth of "micro-crystalline jade" (it looks white in the photos) from being buried in the wet soil of China for millennium.
ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF CHINESE CHARACTERS:
This ritual offering Jade Amulet is RARE in that it has a total of 5 ancient Chinese pictographs (2 on the front and 3 on the reverse side) cut into the amulet in low relief. The two pictographs on the front of the amulet are in the ancient Chinese script that is pre "Ku-wen" or "Large Script Seal" characters that were one of the first written languages in ancient China. I have personally translated all five pictographs and characters.
The two Chinese pictographs on the front side (see photos 1, 6, & 7) look like the round head of a person with outstretched arms.
Actually, it is a combination pictographic character that is composed of two characters that mean "a sacrificial offering on a small table:"
- The round “O” circle with a dot in the center is the ancient Chinese word “Ton” that means a ritual dish of food, while the small dot “o” in the center of the dish represents the actual food being offered. This particular character is a very early example of the word “dish” as it has no line “---“ above the “O” that appeared later in this culture’s written history. The “^” below the dish represents a temple or tomb. The use of two dishes could mean two dishes of food, or perhaps one gift of food and one of Jade—the material this lovely amulet is made of and that was often presented to the ancestors.
- The lower part of each of the two characters looks like the letter “H” that has been underlined. That is the symbol for that ancient Chinese word “Ch’ieh” that thousands of years ago was pronounced “tsu” or “chu.” It means a small ritual square table that had two shelves. The lower straight line represents the Earth, while the two shelves represent a stand that ritual meat was placed upon for sacrifice to the ancestors.
Such sacrifices were thought to keep their owners safe in this life and the afterlife. Such sacrifices were thought to grant the souls of the dead with everlasting life with one's ancestors and Gods in Heaven.
The three other Chinese characters or words are on the reverse side of the amulet (see photo # 2) and tell us the meaning and purpose of this wonderful amulet: The figure on the far right side of the amulet (see photo # 2) that looks like the letter “D” under a roof-like letter “^” is actually an ancient Chinese compound word that means “To walk into a tomb or temple and offer food.” The character that looks like the letter “I” with a “^” over it (see 4 x macro photo # 4) stands for "man’s perfect work." This character likely refers to the lovely Jade amulet itself and perhaps not the food that was offered as the sacrifice. Or it could refer to both sets of offerings to the gods and ancient ancestors. The final character (seen on the bottom of the amulet in photo # 2) is the ancient form of the Chinese word “Min” that means: “A plate that holds a ritual offering of food on a small table.” If you look closely you can see the two legs of the table supporting the curved dish at the top.
Taken together, these 3 compound characters/figures could literally be translated as:
"We Sacrifice to the Ancestors These
Ritual Double Gifts of Meat & Jade
to Honor the Spirit of This Man"
The single suspension hole in this Amulet has been drilled by ancient hand or foot powered tools from both sides of the amulet-- see 4 x macro photos. The type of hole is called by the jade experts a "Double-Bevel Hole." I have examined this piece under 10x magnification and it shows no signs of modern tools marks--only hand tools were used. It has been cut, shaped, and drilled with ancient tools. If you look carefully at the holes, you can see that they were drilled with a low-speed (RPM) primitive hand drill. Modern, high-speed drills would have drilled the holes straight and true--and not larger on the outer edge of the hole. These small clues are another sign that is amulet is very old and authentic.
The cut surfaces and inside the drilled hole (see photo # 4 & 7) and grooves, shows growth of micro-crystalline jade (which looks like a white dust in the grooves of the jade). Jade experts look for these tiny white crystals of jade that form of worked jade that is thousands of years old and that has been exposed to moisture. As this jade amulet has been in the damp earth for about 4,500--5,000 years, the micro-crystalline jade on the surface proves the ancient heritage of this incredible amulet. In addition, this amulet display moderate weathering on both sides of the amulet, which also points to millennium of exposure to the elements. By the way, one should never remove or polish away this fine micro-crystalline jade as it is quite delicate and impossible to recreate. It is the 100% proof that this jade amulet was made thousands of years ago. It is truly museum quality!
This ancient Jade Amulet was likely made as a Ritual Offering in either a temple or tomb for the Ancestors and Heavenly Gods.
It is an amazing work of Chinese art and history.
It is a Rare example & truly museum quality!
It would also make a super Gift!
This jade amulet has a wonderful, original patina of an ancient piece of carved Jade. It does appear that the previous owner removed some of the excessive calcification on the front of the amulet so that the original beauty of the jade and of the inscribed characters could be better viewed. After being buried for thousands of years, it shows heavy weathering, pitting, and white calcification. The jade has changed color from green to a very dark brown--from the iron in the soil that the jade has absorbed, but this does not affect the solid integrity or beauty of the pendant. In fact, they help to date this artifact as an authentic piece of fine jade that is very, very old!
This is a unique piece of ancientartthat you can addto your collection.
It is truly Museum quality and is Extremely RARE!!
It would also make a super Gift!
ThisJade amulet was purchase directly from a respected antiquities dealer in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, and this is the first time it is being offered for sale in the United States. It would be a wonderful addition to your collection of fine Chinese jewelry or art. As I said above, this amulet is 100% authentic and just fantastic!
Price & Value
I have carefully examined this ancient jade Amulet and I GUARANTEE it to be 100% original and authentic or your money back! I’ve looked under 10x and 80x magnification under both natural and Black Light and I can find no signs of any modern tool work or repairs. The hand tool marks left in the jade by the master stone artist who carved, shaped, and engraved this work of art appear to be consistent with those marks of other ancient jades I have examined.
Each object I sell is professionally researched, translated (if I can...(smile), and compared with similar objects in the collections of the finest museums in the world. I have been dealing in fine antiquities for over20 years and although certainly not an expert in every field, I have been honored to appraise, buy, collect, and enjoy and recently sell some of the finest ancient art in the world. When in doubt, I have worked with dozens of subject matter experts to determine the condition and authenticity of numerous antiquities and antiques. This careful examination helps to insure you are buying quality items and helps to protect your investment. There are many modern reproductions or "fakes" on the market today, so be sure and buy only from experts in the field.
Please examine the photos taken at 4x macro carefully as they are part of the description.
And please ask any questions before you buy.
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