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An artisan carves a piece while a volunteer gives me a lesson on identifying duds

An artisan carves a piece while a volunteer gives me a lesson on identifying duds

Before making a sale, an employee of the Museum of Jade jade factory took me around to the back office to explain to me the process and how to identify jade duds. There had been a brief film about this earlier as well which I had just seen. An artisan in the meantime goes about his duties of carving a piece from jade. Jade refers to an ornamental mineral, mostly known for its green varieties. It can refer to either of two different minerals: nephrite, a silicate of calcium and magnesium, or jadeite, a silicate of sodium and aluminium. Detailed notes about the types of jade appeared earlier in this album. (see previous pictures). Jade is featured prominently in ancient Asian art, but also has an important place in many other cultures including India, most countries in SE Asia, Canada, New Zealand and Central America, where many of the Mayan treasures were made from jade. (Chiang Mai, north Thailand, Oct. 2018)

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Photo taken on 1 October 2018 (© shankar s. / Flickr)

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