A Rare Thai Black Jade (Nephrite) Flanged Bracelet. 600-400 BC.
Diam. 3 1/2 ins. (8.9 cms) These rare Black Jade (nephrite) Thai bracelets are said to have been excavated from the archeological site at Ban Na Di in Northern Thailand. The site is usually said to date from 600-400 BC. There is a slightly larger example on the website of a Honolulu specialist dealer, apart from which we have been unable to find another example on the internet. The bracelet is very finely made, the central collar diminishing into a tapered flange. The inner surface is slightly worn from use. As with the example in Honolulu a bronze rivet has been applied in antiquity to strengthen a crack in the jade, (the Honolulu example has 2 rivets)
Black nephrite (jade) is traditionally one of the rarer forms of nephrite, called in China 'Mo' jade. It is in very good condition with only slight roughness of the edge in one area where the inclusions are most dense. The colour is very dark green shading to black with some lighter greeny-yellow inclusions.
Considering the intractability of the material and difficulty of working it these jade personal ornaments would have been highly prized articles of some prestige.
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