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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jade Trade




http://www.pnas.org/content/104/50/19745.full
Map of jade trade after 3000 BC: it is noted in the article that earlier trade in nephrite jade items is indicated in the dispersal of beads through the Philippines (and probably as far as Borneo) during the neolithic period.
This looks to be a trade network started when Sundaland was up because of the area indicated-in Sundaland, the green area would mostly have been an inland sea with the outlet betwween Taiwan and Luzon.

Nephrite Jade Beads
 Nephrite is the commoner of the minerals known as jade and it is the kind of jade most commonly used in China up until the Ming Dynasty, when Jadeite began to be imported from Burma. Nephrite is also a general term and denotes more than one kind of mineral, but there are only two places in the world where jadeite is consistently used-Burma and in MesoAmerica. This means that if Chinese mariners ever made it to Olmec territories and inoculated the locals with a fancy for jade, the Mesoamerican jadeite never got sent back to China by way of a reply. Which is possible but seems a little odd on the face of it. Chinese prospectors allegdly did know and explore large deposits of Jade in Alaska and Western Canada, according to Henrietta Mertz in Pale Ink.

Raw Mineral Nephrite


Jade Ring
 The fascination that the Chinese had for (Nephrite) Jade goes back a long way because recently we have found that the oldest levels of the Neolithic in China are just loaded with tons of jade carvings in basically a number of variations of a few basic forms. These forms go back to just before 5500 BC (Global Superflood 3) but just at about 5500 BC there was a significant radiation of the jade-use and the carving-pattern templates that seems to center on the island of Taiwan and from there spread both inland and Northward into China and then again Southward into Indonesia and even to New Guinea.

"Coiled Dragon"

"Tiger Claw" protective charm pendant


The thing is that many of the same forms and variations eventually turn up in New Zealand, which was supposedly not inhabited until thousands of years later. And yet the New Zealand Maori are one of the natable examples of native peoples that venerated nephrite jade ("Greenstone" commonly in English) and call it a "Treasure" which is actually unlawful (taboo) for unworthy persons to own or handle. Special people go to find the raw jade material and they are supposed to prepare themselves with ritual purification, and only certain other special people are allowed to carve the jade or eventually wear it.



Old depiction of Maori Jades. Note: includes
a couple of twist-horned antilopes at bottom

There is a direct comparbility of many of the traditional Maori forms of jade carvings, their symbols and their meanings, to the early Chinese Neolithic of about 5000-6000 BC. This is also about the same level where the Chinese Neolithic pottery resembles the pottery of the Lapita people, which included the ancestors of the polynesians. Some of the jade carvings comparable to the Chinese ones have been uncovered in New Guinea, and they run back to 5000 BC there as well. I believe we are looking at the range of jade carving forms and the attached symbolism that comes from Sundaland, and that it became attached to Mainland China and New Guinea about the time of Global Superflood 3. Some of the traditional forms and meanings were passed down to the New Zealand Maori marked as "Treasure"-probably actual jade carving originals were handed down through the millenia as models, but in both New Guinea and New Zealand some of the forms are also passed down in the traditional forms of woodcarvings.
There is little or no likelihood that the same forms and meanings would have diffused out of China and into New Zealand more recently because the Chinese jade industry developed far beyond that point later.

Maori Tiger Claw (Called a "Leaf")


Maori Jade Sea Turtle

Hongshan Turtleshell, Plastron (Bottom)


Hongshan Jade Turtleshell, Carapace (Top)


'S' Shaped Dragon-Poss. inspired by seahorse's shape?


Maori 'S' Shaped Dragon (Manaia)

Hongshan Neolithic Chinese Manaia

Hongshan Chinese Neolithic Tikis

Maori Hei Tiki


Hongshan Chinese Neolithic Tiki
 



















Mere, Maori Nephrite edged club























 


Chinese Mere or "Hand Ax"

New Guinea mere , from Ebay


Changes in male Chinese skulls since the Neolithic. Actually the Neolithic skulls looked more like Polynesians than the more modern chinese do, and this includes a "Rocker Jaw" that completely disappeared in more modern times. The earlier skulls more resembled the Upper Cave skulls at Zhokoudian ("Peking Man") where the adult male had more "White" features (meaning more like European Cro-Magnons), one of the female skulls was like a "Melanesian" and the other female skull was "Eskimoid" (ie, Arctic Mongoloid) according to Weidenrich and the excavators. That sort of a mix makes sense as a "Lemurian" melange, given that the Arctic Mongoloids were only just coming down into China at the time and the "Melanesians" were the normal inhabitants of Southeast Asia and Indonesia at the time-as well as being the Melanesians' ancestors in the islands and carriers of the Lapita ware culture.
Shang Chinese Hawaiian Tiki God
Head is bronze with gold overlay partly preserved.





1 comment:

  1. Nice blog!! Chinese mariners ever made it to Olmec territories and inoculated the locals with a fancy for jade.

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