Plaque from a book, The Canon of Yao

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


China, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911)
Provenance research underway.

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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