Maria Jones

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Dr. Richard Rubenfeld

Second Advisor

Leslie Atzmon


Abstract: This is a research paper studying the history of Jade carving during the Chinese Han Dynasty from 206 B.C to 220 A.D. The paper explains the meaning of jade to the Chinese people and examines the origin of the precious stone for the Han people and other generations of dynasties. There is an accurate telling of Han beliefs followed by a descriptive passage on the history of religious influence on the Han people. There is an extensive study on the history of the Han people in general and a lengthy report on the different forms of jade and their functions for the Han people.