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Monday, August 11, 2008

Olympic Medals - Unique & Beautiful



The medal for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games is designed with inspiration coming from "bi", China's ancient jade piece inscribed with a dragon pattern. The medals, made of gold and jade, symbolize nobility and virtue and are the embodiment of traditional Chinese values of ethics and honor, sending forth strong Chinese flavor.

The medals are 70mm in diameter and 6mm in thickness. On the front side, the medal adopts standard design prescribed by the International Olympic Committee. While on the back, the medal is inlaid with jade with the Beijing Games emblem engraved in the metal centerpiece. The design inspiration of the medal hook derives from jade "huang", a ceremonial jade piece with decoration of double dragon pattern and "Pu", the reed mat pattern.

Noble and elegant, the Beijing Olympic Games medal is a blending of traditional Chinese culture and the Olympism. It gives the winners of the Games great honor and acclamation as recognition of their achievement.

Note: bi, a flat jade disc with a circular hole in the center

Huang, a semi circular jade ornament

1 comment:

Carol said...

“My Boys”

Riley butter cup fearless bunny chaser and Regan goose chops sleeps his day’s away kitty, say: “You’re welcome! And thank you for the added touch”
LOVE the Cool Banner!!!…..bet I could figure that one out too as I had such a wonderful teacher!

Someday I would like to make it to an Evening Lights that is if you don’t mind. I don’t want you to think I am some kind of internet weirdo. However, I can’t make this upcoming Evening Lights due to Festival of the Little Hills yearly ritual.

Happy Day to you! Carol