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Subject:Hongshan Jade? Genuine or Fake?
Posted By: Lee Tue, Dec 18, 2018 IP: 2402:1980:1c2:3bd6:2

Dear John, someone just passed to me a jade mask which he claimed is a Hongshan artifact passed down to his father by his grandpa, and now to him.

I would appreciate if you could take a look at the pictures of the jade mask and see whether a preliminary opinion could be form about the mask.

Thank you in advance and I apologize for all the inconveniences caused by this obviously an amatuer request.

Thanks again.



Subject:Re: Hongshan Jade? Genuine or Fake?
Posted By: Ernest Wilhelm Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Definitely not genuine.

Subject:Re: Hongshan Jade? Genuine or Fake?
Posted By: John R Fri, Dec 21, 2018

Most likely not Hongshan. Genuine and rare Hongshan
jades have an identifiable zoomorphic style. I cannot find any masks
related to that time period. This object does appear to be hand carved.
The material appears to be created from stone. There is a similar
degradation to the front and back sections, that is either from a natural
burial or cleverly faked. There appears to be wear in the attaching holes
possibly from use. You could determine the material used with a specific
gravity or scratch test.
Is there a Chinese link to this piece?

Subject:Re: Hongshan Jade? Genuine or Fake?
Posted By: Lee Sun, Dec 23, 2018

Thank you very much John for your invaluable input. Truly appreciate that.

Thanks again.


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