Ancient Chinese Jade Burial Suit,
In ancient China it was believed that jade could preserve a body after death. Many wealthy families and nobles had such suits made. Beautiful and complex, the suit consisted of hundreds or thousands of small jade pieces sewn together with silk fabrics and silk thread. Those of especially high class Chinese, such as nobles, emperors, and royal family members, had their suits made of the finest silks, highest quality jade, and sewn together with gold or silver threads. It would often take skilled craftsmen 2-3 years to produce one suit. Jade burial suits were especially popular during the Han Dynasty (206 BC- 220AD).