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A WHITE JADE 'ABSTINENCE' PLAQUE
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A WHITE JADE 'ABSTINENCE' PLAQUE

QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)

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A WHITE JADE 'ABSTINENCE' PLAQUE
QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)
The plaque is carved as two archaistic chilong framing a rectangular panel, inscribed on one side with the characters zhaijie (abstinence), repeated in Manchu on the reverse. The stone is of even white color and has a soft polish.
1¾ in. (4.4 cm.) high

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Zhaijie is the ceremonial requirement for abstinence before one worshipped their ancestors, the Heavens or other deities, which usually lasted for three days. During this time, one should refrain from eating meat and fragrant herbs such as onions, chives, garlic and the like, consuming alcohol, and from any intimate acts.
Abstinence plaques were made in various materials, including jade, bamboo, painted enamel and porcelain.

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