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jade sand painting

Name for a type of Chinese modern objet d'art, which is created by affixing coloured and finely granulated jade to the surface of paper in an artistic fashion, similar to ordinary sandpaper, which was invented in China, probably as early as the 13th century AD. By coating the paper with different colours of the fine granulated jade, both portraits and landscapes can be formed, as well as all kinds of objects and abstract art, somewhat reminiscent of the sand mandala as used in Vajrayana Buddhism (fig.). In addition, also Chinese calligraphy is made, especially characters in Chinese script. Akin to jade carvings, the possession of a jade sand painting is believed to have the power to bring good luck and protection. Sometime referred to as jade sand paper, and in Chinese, known as yu sha hua (玉沙画), i.e. ‘jade sand painting’ or ‘granulated jade drawing’. In Myanmar, a similar concept is used to make Burmese sand paintings (fig.), using sand of the Irrawaddy River.