Plaque from a book, The Canon of Yao

Historical period(s)
Qing Dynasty, 18th-early 19th century
Medium
Jade, gold pigment
Dimensions
H x W x D: 0.3 x 9 x 9 cm (1/8 x 3 9/16 x 3 9/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Transfer from the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Minerology, Smithsonian Institution
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1992.77.7
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Book, Jade
Type

Plaque

Keywords
China, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Jade books were produced by the imperial palace in the Qing dynasty to record important imperial edicts and transcribe sutras or classical texts. This jade book records the Canon of Yao, a text about the sage-emperor Yao's transference of his throne to an appropriate successor (the text was included in the ancient classic of the Shangshu).

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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