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String of Tubular Jade Ornaments

Neolithic Hongshan Culture
Between 16th and 11th Century BC

Jade Objects from the History of Beijing
Capital Museum 首都博物馆

Try to imagine how you would pierce a piece of soft rock in order to pass a string through it. The string might be a piece of leather. Remember that you don't have any modern tools.

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Last update: November 2009
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