The Batanes Nephrite Artefacts

Hsiao-chun Hung, Yoshiyuki Iizuka

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    Nephrite (jade) ornaments, especially ear-ornaments, are among the most attractive artefacts in Southeast Asian archaeology. As Loofs-Wissowa stated (1980-81: 57): “Ear-ornaments in general seem to have played, and are still playing in some societies, a greater role in Southeast Asia and parts of South Asia than almost anywhere else in the world.....” Because of the beautifully wrought shapes and enchanting translucent colours of nephrite or jadeitite ornaments, generations of archaeologists have asked who made them, during which time period, with what kind of manufacturing process, using which trading networks, and for what purpose.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication4000 Years of Migration and Cultural Exchange: The Archaeology of the Batanes Islands, Northern Philippines (Terra Australis 40)
    Editors Peter Bellwood & Eusebio Dizon
    Place of PublicationCanberra
    PublisherANU ePress
    ISBN (Print)9781925021288
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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