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Investigation of incising techniques on jades from the Fuhao tomb in Yinxu

Author(s): Ye Xiaohong ; Tang Jigen

Year: 2017

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During the Shang dynasty,the remarkable tradition of working jades extends back to the Neolithic period. However, the duplicate or symmetrical design incised on jades is the major artistic style at that stage. The present study is based on examination of molds of tool marks on several jades unearthed from the Fuhao tomb in Yinxu by scanning electron microscopy. Our observations suggest that rotary incising wheels charged with abrasive (which is called Jieyu sand in ancient China) were used for incising the fine features,and hand-held tools were still being occasionally used in some details. In addition, no evidence was found for rotary sawing tools on the jades.

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Investigation of incising techniques on jades from the Fuhao tomb in Yinxu. Ye Xiaohong, Tang Jigen. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432132)


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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16732

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America