botryoidal base

Botryoidal Jade Hardwood Base

A hardwood base carved by Lu Kesi for a piece of uncarved botryoidal jade.

This piece of rare nephrite jade, owned by Peter Decius, came from the mountains of southern Oregon. The term botryoidal comes from ancient Greek for “a cluster of grapes” which describes the globular texture of the material.

The base was carved to match the pattern of the stone, which is like one of the Chinese scholar’s stones.