Prehistoric Stone and Jade Objects of Taiwan
Before the invention of iron objects, stone and jade objects were the important tools and decorations to the prehistoric people. From everyday tools to funerary items, stone and jade objects accompanied prehistoric people in their entire life.
The stones used to make stone objects were by large sandstones, slate, schist and shale that are common in Taiwan. Special stones such as nephrite, serpentine, and chrysolite particular to a few areas were also used, but the stone objects made from these stones were found outside of these areas. Based on the facts, archaeologists concluded the possibility of trade conducted between those areas.
The making of jade objects required proficient skills and experience, therefore, the existence of specialized jade artisans is suspected.
This exhibition room presents in-depth knowledge on prehistoric stone objects, include the materials, types, functions and the production techniques.