The phoenix, one of the iconic totems of Chinese civilization, has been regarded as a divine bird and an omen of auspiciousness since ancient times.
A Neolithic jade phoenix unearthed from the Shijiahe site in Tianmen, Hubei, has a vivid posture and beautiful shape, and is known as "the first phoenix in China".
The Shijiahe site has a total area of about 8 square kilometers and is the prehistoric settlement group with the largest area, the longest duration and the highest level found in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River.
The functional area of the site is clearly divided, including residential area, tomb area, handicraft area, etc. The ruins of the west city wall and moat with a total length of more than 1 km have survived to this day.
During the post-Shijiahe culture period, the jade culture began to rise, and hundreds of exquisite jade articles have been discovered.
Close your eyes and meditate, "touch" those artworks that represent the peak of prehistoric Chinese jade processing technology.
(Produced by Niu Ye Studio)