World's largest jasper ding exhibited at Shanghai Expo

16:40, August 24, 2010      

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"Xiang He Jasper Ding" (photo: xinhua)

The "Xiang He Jasper Ding," the world's largest jasper rectangular ding, which is a kind of ancient Chinese sacrificial ware, made its debut at the International Development Information Network Association Pavilion of the Shanghai World Expo on Aug. 23, and has successfully attracted the attention of many tourists.

The jasper ding, which is 102 centimeters long, 70 centimeters wide, 104 centimeters high and 469 kilograms in weight, is the largest known rectangular ding in the world. The reporter saw in the pavilion that the ding's two dark green handles lean a little outwards, and the width of the ding decreases from top to bottom.

Although the ding is made of jasper, it also bears the grandness and solemnity of bronze dings. There are patterns of ganoderma and auspicious clouds standing for peacefulness and richness on the burnished upper parts of the ding's four firm legs, which displays the jasper's gentleness and elegance.

Well-known experts such as Zhang Minghua and Dai Yiru said at the press conference for the exhibition of the jasper ding that the ancient Chinese people used dings to pray to gods for favorable weather and good harvests, so the ding is sacred to the Chinese. China is enjoying a period of peace and prosperity, and the "Xiang He Jasper Ding" symbolizes the maker's wish for the gods' blessings on China.

The "Xiang He Jasper Ding" is made of 13.1 tons of jasper from the Kunlun Mountains in Xinjiang.

Zhang Bei, a young entrepreneur who is crazy about jade and the designer of the jasper ding, went to the Kunlun Mountains eight times in order to select good raw materials, and it took him three years to find a suitable stone large enough for making the ding.

Hoping to create a great masterpiece, he invited the famous sculptor Ji Yishun from Shanghai Jade Carving Company and Ji's favorite pupil Chen Bin to produce the ding, and the production took three years in total.

By People's Daily Online


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