Workroom in the jade factory at the Yangzhou Commune. Jade sculptures and ornaments were made in factories like this one and exported or sold to tourists. Propaganda posters line the walls of this particular factory. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Closely associated with China for more than 7,000 years, jade has been personified with moral attributes and used for religious, ceremonial, and decorative purposes throughout history.
Jade (yu), a hard,