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"Jade, The Ultimate Treasure of Ancient China"
2001-06-09 until 2001-08-19
Art Gallery of Hamilton
The Art Gallery of Hamilton is proud present Jade, The Ultimate Treasure of
Ancient China. Never before has such a fine collection of jade toured
outside of the Peoples Republic of China; the AGH is honoured to be only
gallery in southern Ontario to host this magnificent traveling exhibition.
Bringing together over 120 individual pieces and sets of jade, the
exhibition - presented by JNE Consulting Limited and Turkstra Lumber -- is a
rare opportunity to experience firsthand the stone that has played such a
central and revered role in the lives of the Chinese people. Since Neolithic
times, jade has been the most prized stone in China, used for sacred
objects, decoration and ornament. The importance placed on the stone is
evident in the highlight of the exhibition: the 2nd century BC mortuary suit
of Han dynasty Princess Douwan. This spectacular piece is comprised of
2,156 plates of jade sewn with 703 grams of gold thread and is estimated to
have taken an expert jadesmith over 10 years to complete.
Most of the jade pieces included in the exhibition were uncovered in
important archaeological digs; the earliest works date as far back as the
5th millennium BC. Please join us on this exceptional and beautiful journey
through the world of jade.
The exhibition is organized by The Canadian Foundation for the Preservation
of Chinese Cultural and Historical Treasures and China Cultural Relics
Coordination Centre. Supported by the Government of Canada through Canada
Travelling exhibitions indemnification program of the Department of Canadian
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