The Jade Peony
AN UNUSUAL JADE BOOK
Jade is well known globally as a stone with innate translucent beauty, lustrous and vibrant in many shades of mostly green, although lavender and orange hues also variously show. What we name jade mostly comes in either jadeite or nephrite mineral varieties, and both are very hard stones with a Mohs hardness range between , and therefore very difficult to work with the tools available in antiquity. Not only were elites buried in jade armor suits of hundreds of small jade prices wired together but some emperors even drank ground up jade for longevity. There is a legendary early Chinese fable about jade and a man named Bian Heh. This tale, sometimes with slightly different details, is from the Chu Period BCE and is told by Minghua Zhang, among many others, as a lesson in later China about undervaluing precious things like rough jade whose inner secrets may be hidden. Jade hunter Bian Heh found a rough stone on Mount Chu that he knew was precious jade inside although its dull and rough surface gave no clue to what was hidden underneath in the interior.
The Rise to Power: The Mongols and The Aztecs
Please join StudyMode to read the full document. The Mongols are arguably the best conquerors the world has ever seen. Through brutal military tactics and intimidating physiological warfare, they were capable of building the greatest land empire that the world has ever seen. The empire not only was fierce and cruel but they also brought about the rival of Silk Road trading which helped lead to their people to great economic prosperity. The Conrad-Demarest Model of an empire is a basic guideline that all of the empires are said to have to follow.