Jade burial suit - it is the collective name of the archaeological finds from China, which are themselves linked with gold and silver burial suits. They were used as a protection for the afterlife, preventing the decomposition of the body of the owner.
The first documentary evidence of jade suits date back to 320 BC, although archaeologists say they have appeared for half a millennium before. For the first time jade garments were investigated in 1968 after excavation grave of Prince Liu Sheng and his wife Princess Dou Wan. One of the most important archaeological finds of the XX century - the untouched tomb of the rulers of the Han Dynasty was unearthed in Hebei Province.
Each of the green funeral costume consists of two thousand jade tiles. While the princess costume is sewn with silver thread, armor Prince Liu Shen sparkling gold metal. All were found about twenty jade suits: so rare due to their high cost and complexity of manufacture. Even the most skillful smith had to work on the creation of a suit at least 10 years. In 223 BC Emperor Wen ordered to stop production of jade suits, as many thieves ripped and burned the tomb of costumes to get the golden thread.
The Chinese believed that jade is not only able to prevent the decomposition of soft tissues, but also wards off evil spirits. Who is the mysterious costumes are stored in the Museum of Hebei Province.