Art of Jade

Event Type Exhibitions
Date calendar  Monday, November 21, 2016
Time clock  12:00pm - 5:00pm (5h)
Location Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Since the Neolithic period, jade has been valued for its rarity as well as its beauty. In China and Mesoamerica, jade items have had profound cultural implications. Jade objects, like belt buckles, decorative figurines, and snuff bottles were used as symbols of social identity, hierarchy, status, wealth and power in Chinese culture. These were among the most precious heirlooms of the nobility and upper class. In ancient Mesoamerican cultures, jade was highly prized and often connected to rulers and spirituality. A wide variety of items, including tools, figurines, and jewelry, reflected the strong cosmological and symbolic associations the culture had with this luminous, hard stone.

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