Subject:Re: Hongshan culture jade pendant
Posted By: Super Tue, Jan 16, 2024
Modern, made of cheaper serpentine with artificial toning. It would be almost impossible to find authentic Hongshan jade carvings these days. As a matter of fact, aka Hongshan culture was a recent discovery and without any authenticated written Hongshan language (i.e. scripts), and after studying Hongshan jade carvings for a while, I am not convinced that such a culture even existed. It is very possible that "Hongshan" culture may be just a general term that was applied to those Neolithic nomadic tribes that resided in the Inner Mongolia area. Many of so called Hongshan jade carvings were probably replica jades that were made in later era, notably those that were made during the Qing Emperor Qianlung era. Large Hongshan jade carvings with known and concrete provenances were few and far between. Many so called Hongshan jade carvings with provenances including some that were in renown museums were simply better fakes. In short, to find and prove any Hongshan jade carvings are authentic may be like an attempt to prove an Unicorn is authentic.
Therefore, instead of worrying about whether a piece of Hongshan jade carving is authentic, one may be better off just to appraise such a piece by the quality of its material and that of its carving. Incidentally, many large authentic Hongshan carvings were not made of jade (nephrite or jadeite, by Western definition.)