Chinese Carved Marble Trinket Box, Dragon Motif is one-of-a-kind handcrafted piece! This beautiful and precious small decorative box is perfect for storing small treasures or common objects.
It has been enjoyed in our private collection for years and now we are happy to offer it to a new home.
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DIMENSIONS: 7.25" L x 4.5" W x 2.5" H, approximate
MATERIAL: Carved Marble
HISTORY & FACTS: Hard stone carving is one of the oldest arts in China. The earliest known evidence recovered through archaeology is agate earrings of the prehistoric Majiabang culture that date to the fifth millennium B.C. The art of hard stones continued to develop alongside jade carving throughout the following ages. Compared to jade, the use of hard stones appears to have been rather limited. It was not until the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) that the combination of an abundant supply of raw material, extraordinary craftsmanship, and keen imperial patronage spurred an efflorescence.
Significant examples include chalcedony neck pendants from the Songze culture (4000–3000B.C.); turquoise inlays on bronze plaques from the Erlitou culture (ca. 2000–1500 B.C.); carnelian beads and a malachite sculpture of a tiger from the tomb of a king’s consort of the late Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1050 B.C.); agate and crystal rings and pendants from an Eastern Zhou (771–256 B.C.) cemetery in Linzi, Shandong Province; seals of agate, crystal, and turquoise from the tomb of the second king of Nanyue state (r. 137–122 B.C.); coral, turquoise, and lapis lazuli inlays on a gilt bronze inkstone box from an Eastern Han (25–220 A.D.) tomb in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province