Width: 2 3/4 inches, 7 cm

Jadeite plaque

China, 19th century

A jadeite decorative plaque of square format, pierced and carved on both sides with a design of children, birds, bats among lotus leaves and butts.  The sides are scalloped.  The stone is predominantly white in tone, with some large areas of vivid green.

Jadeite is a form of jade, the other being nephrite.  Jadeite is actually harder than nephrite, it measures 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, and is therefore considered to be a more valuable stone.  One of the characteristic colours of jadeite is a vivid apple green, as can be clearly seen on this plaque.