his Jade décor piece is around 5,000 years old and possible damages have been covered with Silver work. 5,000 years ago, it was quite a feat to carve hard Jade into shape like this.
Jade and its family of stone carvings is featured prominently in ancient Asian art, but also has an important place in many other cultures. It was used to create many utilitarian and ceremonial objects and was considered the "Imperial Gem". Jade has had a special significance, comparable with that of gold and diamonds in the West. It was used for the finest objects and cult figures, and for grave furnishings for high-ranking members of the Imperial family. It also became a favourite material for the crafting of Chinese scholars' objects, such as rests for calligraphy brushes, mouthpieces pipes.
Thousands of years ago, Chinese carvers performed their craft using bone, bamboo, and stone instruments to abrade jade stone with sand. Since jade carving required many resources, labor and time, only those in power could command the craft, which gave the stone its representation of status and power.