Hei-Chi, Jades from the Hei-Chi Collection, Beijing, 2006, p. 34.
Jade bracelets appear to have originated in the Hongshan culture (5th-3rd century BC), after which they became and remained a feature of many Neolithic cultures. This beautifully finished piece belongs to a relatively well-known type of Liangzhu jade and is recognised as a bracelet due to examples found on the arms of the deceased (see Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1994, p. 148). A related bracelet is illustrated ibid., pl. 6:4; another is published in Teng Shu-P'ing, Neolithic Jades in the Collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1992, pl. 49; and a third, from the Zhirouzhai collection, was included in the exhibition Exquisite Jade Carving, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1996, cat. no. 138.
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