Aluminum Arm
Rare Chinese Jade Burial Suit
The suit is composed of a head, torso, arms, legs, shoes and gloves. All are made of solid jade plaques wired together with metallic wires,
the breast plate of the torso with a carved central medallion in the form of a phoenix or dragon, the head is embellished with eyes,
tubular nose and mouth. The wires joining the jade plaques exhibit brittleness and many have been restored. The Chinese
belief in the preservative qualities of jade fostered the hope that encasing the body in a jade suit would prevent the body from decaying.
The expense of constructing a burial suit of this hard and valued material limited their use to royalty and wealthy nobility,
the only people who could afford such luxury. The suit comes with a museum quality custom made iron display stand.