Jade Jar

Jade Jar

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Jade Jarin Beihai Park, which is 0.66 metre high and 1. 5 metres in diameter, was used as a wine vessel by Kublai Khan during the Yuan Dynasty. It was originally kept in the Palace in the Moon. It is carved out of a single piece of black jade. On its outer surface are designs of sea-dragons and other marine beasts amidst rolling waves, and inside is inscribed a poem by Emperor Qianlong about the jar. After the Palace in the Moon collapsed in the Ming Dynasty, the Jade Jar was taken to Zhenwumiao (True Martial Temple), where it was used as a pickle jar. It was recovered in 1749. A pavilion was built especially to house it on the order of Emperor Qianlong.

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