Dushan Jade is one of the most interesting artifacts of the Japanese empire, dating back to the late 1270s. It may also refwer to the material from which those pieces of jade-ware used to be made of – the “Nanyang Jade”. It used to be seen as a very prestigious form of bottling for exquisite drinks to be served to royalty and to high-reaching generals in the period when Kublai Khan ruled. It’s entertainment value was very high and, therefore only the most rich would benefit from such containers.
The material itself however, the Dushan Jade itself, was also used to carve other small highly valuable objects. Jewelry and a mass of other objects destined to embellish the houses of chosen people were handcrafted from this type of stone and the trading was done by only a few people who could afford to distribute it without compromise. The qualities of the rock itself set it apart from other similar formations, the most poignant being it’s coloring and texture. Variety was also a primary form of identifying the objects and the values and symbols they carried, as such, the jewelers would be able to craft anything, being able to instill it with a variety of significances.
The most used colors of Dushan Jade were the green varieties, the purple nuances and many shades of browns. Pink was less common but was still a possible choice. However, it is not primarily the color that gives the jades their value but rather the texture of the material itself. Although some used fine sanding to better the quality of the surface material, many times it was the intrinsic nature of the rock that established how well and how valuable one piece of the mineral would be. As a plus, the finer the surface of the jade, the better its internal resistance was, so that, an object crafted out of a high grade piece of material was also much more resistant in time.
The jade object also carried religious value and, due to that reason they used to be mainly sold in the areas around the temple. Once the methods for exploitation began to be better and more fruitful, the jade objects began to be available to the larger population. Most of the objects were representing deities or other representations of the everyday life or of the beliefs of the people.
Jade objects of Dushen are very rare this days, especially the ones that were built early on, therefore they can mainly be seen in the depositories of today – museums and other outlets. Not many are for sale and the ones that are on the market reach high prices and are very sought by collectors worldwide. Of course, if you are to take an interest in the subject much information is still preserved and photographs have been made retaining the value of the original pieces, but, overall, the craft in itself has taken a downturn to leave place for other opportunities to take place instead.