Chinese, Qing Dynasty, 1644–1911/12
Pair of Cranes, late 19th century 
Jadeite
14 1/4 inches high, each 
Gift of Miss Carol C. Pierson, 2005.193.1-.2

Art of Jade

November 19, 2016 - July 30, 2017

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Since the Neolithic period, jade has been valued for its rarity as well as its beauty. Varying from pure white to dark black, deep green to vibrant red, the color of jade has endless aesthetic possibilities. The artworks in Art of Jade were made through patiently grinding and drilling for days, months, and even years. Little by little, the objects transformed from solid masses into works of art.

Because of the stone’s beauty, strength, and rarity, jade artworks have become symbols of social identity, hierarchy, status, wealth and power in both Chinese and Mesoamerican cultures. This exhibition features over 70 objects from Mesoamerican cultures, dating back as early as 1800 BCE, and from China dating from 3,200 BCE.

From the Exhibition

  • Maya culture, Central America, Mosaic Mask, ca. 600–900. Jade with shell, obsidian, 3 x 3 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches. Gift of Barry Fitzmorris, FIA 2011.219

  • Qing Dynasty, 1644–1911/12, Chinese, Chime: Dragon in Clouds, 1765, Jadeite, 26 7/8 x 29 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches. Gift of Mrs. Fredrick B. Miner, FIA 1968.13

  • Chinese, Qing Dynasty, 1644–1911/12, Palette, 19th century. Jadeite, 3 3/4 x 6 x 15/16 inches. Gift of Miss Carol C. Pierson, 2005.83