The first known civilisation in Mexico started the long running tradition of carving life size masks carved from jadeite, nephrite and other similar stones. The famous mask of Lord Pakal from Palenque attests to the long life of this artistic tradition. The Aztecs some two thousand years later ritually buried a mask like this in the ruins of Tenochtitlan. The Olmecs flourished between 1,500 and 400 BCE, and were the product of a thousand years of cultural evolution in the region. They also invented the ritual ballgame that was to play such a central part in subsequent meso-American cultures.
Item in Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels Image credit: Michel Wal.
This wonderful Chinese piece displays three of jadeite’s finest shades. The white and green of ‘moss in snow’ is topped by an amazing and artfully used sprinkle of lilac, that draws our attention to the important personage coming down the path at the top of the piece.
Role: Villain Type: Humanoid Alignment/Organization: Dark Kingdom First appearance: Episode 1 Last appearance: Episode 13 Status: Dead Voice actor: Masaya Onosaka
He is named after the mineral jadeite. Like nephrite, it is a variety of jade.
Sailor Mars incinerated Jadeite early on in the manga. His death was postponed until episode 13 of the anime, though. Yet in that continuity, he was killed by Queen Beryl rather than by a hero.
In one of Naoko Takeuchi’s illustrations, Jadeite was romantically paired up with Sailor Mars. Takeuchi never had the chance to explore the idea of Princess Serenity’s four guardian Sailor Senshi being involved with the Shitennou in the manga. While the first anime and the live-action adaptation both excluded the Sailor Senshi/Shitennou couplings, they were included in Sailor Moon Crystal.
Jadeite was the only Shitennou not to bleed on screen. Nephrite bled profusely in episode 24, and Sailor Venus drew blood when she attacked both Zoisite and Kunzite in episode 33.
Jadeite was the only one of the Shitennou without a love interest. The youma Thetis showed affection for him, but the feeling was not mutual.
In episode 44, Jadeite appeared along with the rest of the Shitennou in a flashback. However, he did not speak.