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These wheels are made of soft materials and are used for polishing works of jade. They are first smeared with a paste made of fine abrasives and water, and then mounted on a spinning shaft driven by foot treadles. This setup frees both of the craftsman’s hands to manipulate the jade.

Credit: Gift of Joan Hartman-Goldsmith, 1981 ...
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20th century
Gourd material
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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