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Turquoise Ornaments and Inlay Technology in Ancient China

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Title:Turquoise Ornaments and Inlay Technology in Ancient China
Authors:Qin, Xiaoli
Keywords:Ancient China
turquoise ornaments
inlay technology
Yellow River region
Erlitou Culture
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Date Issued:2016
Series:Volume 55
Number 2
Abstract:Most turquoise objects from early Neolithic sites in China are pendants made of a single material. From the later Neolithic period, however, people started to create turquoise ornaments with two or more composite materials. Ornaments were inlaid with turquoise and other materials using new techniques. In the Early Bronze Age, the turquoise production process reached its peak. At the Erlitou site, archaeologists found a large dragon-shaped turquoise mosaic, a variety of animal-shaped turquoise decorations, and turquoise workshops. The purpose of this paper is to understand the importance of turquoise products in the formation process of early state formation in China by analyzing the following topics: the technological evolution of turquoise manufacture, the combination of composite materials, the use of adhesive in turquoise inlay, and the associated production processes as they developed from the Neolithic to Early Bronze Age.
ISSN:0066-8435 (Print)
1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2016 - Volume 55, Number 2 (Fall)

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