The internal arrangement of jadeite crystals makes jade tough, allowing it to be carved into delicate shapes like the vase above. Jade is valued for its color: traces of chromium impart the brilliant green; manganese produces the mauve and lilac shades; and the white parts are impurity-free. The Jade Dragon Vase stands 50cm (19.7in) tall and is carved of rare lavender jadeite from Burma. The carving is modern but of unknown origin. It was a gift of Mrs. Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Image Number: 95-40480
Catalog Number: G4589
Gift of Mrs. Marjorie Merriweather Post