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Today the Department of Awesome Antiquities learned that someone…

Today the Department of Awesome Antiquities learned that someone back in China’s Qing Dynasty was so fond of pork that they commissioned the creation of this mouthwatering work of art: a piece of jasper sculpted to resemble a succulent piece of Dongpo rou (braised pork belly).

“You may not have heard of the exiled Song Dynasty Chinese poet Su Shi, nicknamed Su Dongpo, but you’re likely familiar with the dish named for him: dongpo rou, or braised pork belly, the succulent hunk of meat topped off with a soft and sinful layer of fat. Legend has it that Dongpo, also a gastronome, invented the slow-cooked dish by accident; but no matter its origins, it eventually emerged as a popular Chinese delicacy — one so beloved that nearly 200 years ago, an anonymous Qing dynasty artist working for the emperor immortalized its oil-slicked form, sculpting a piece of jasper into a fleshy lump meticulously finished with wrinkles, dimples, and even a soy sauce-marinated rind.”

The “meat-shaped stone” usually lives at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, but right now it’s at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco as part of the Emperors’ Treasures exhibition.

For those of you who prefer veggies over meat or are simply looking for a balanced diet of precious stones, check out this equally awesome Jadeite cabbage:


[via Hyperallergic]

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