11 • A Pebble of Green Jade

11 • A Pebble of Green Jade

China; Khotan, Xinjiang Province
12.5 cm long; Nephrite jade

This pebble of nephrite was bought by my father in a Khotan market in the 1990s from a man who was completely blind, and who every day walked the river-beds in his bare feet, able to identify precious jade just by its feel.