Grey Jade Pei in the form of a Pair of Cranes

Grey Jade Pei in the form of a Pair of Cranes

青玉双鹤佩

Song Dynasty (960 – 1279 AD)
Length: 6.8 cm, width: 4.3 cm

White with cyan sheen, the jade ornamentation was smooth textured with grease-like luster. Two connecting cranes formed a circle in general shape, face to face, claws to claws, and they were spreading their wings as if to soar away. On the top there was a little hole for thread to be fastened to clothes. Cranes are seen as an auspicious sign in Taoism, to which Emperor Huizong of the Song was an adherent.