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A Feast of Gold Wares and Jadeite Arts
from:QU JIANG MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS  add-time:2015-11-04

Since ancient times, gold and jade have been favoured by the Chinese, and have deeply rooted in their folk customs

and  cultural traditions.

The theme of this exhibition comes from a Chinese idiom- “gold and jade filled in the hall”, which originally refers  
to enrichment of wealth or abundance of knowledge, and has been used as a blessing greeting for a long time.

In Ancient China, gold mining and the production are both limited. In the literature, “gold” is often referred to as 
“copper”. During Han and Tang Dynasties, under the influence of ancient Egyptian civilization, Mediterranean 
civilization as well as Central  and Western Asian civilization from the west,  the production and use of gold wares 
has come to the climax. However,  until  the  Ming  Dynasty,  large  amount  of  gold ores still  need  to  be  
purchased from  Middle East  and  India.  A clear proof would bethe gold bullion inscriptions indicating“Zhenghe,
17th year of Yongle Period”, which was unearthed from Prince Liangzhuang’s tomb of the Ming Dynasty.   
      
Among ancient Chinese jade, the most admired is not Lantian Jade or Dushan Jade from the central plain, but 
nephrite(Hetian Jade) from the western Kunlun Mountains. And the most famous jadeite comes from Burma.

The prosperity of gold and jade wares, therefore, is often closely related with Land, Maritime and Southwest Silk 
Road, as well as the trade and cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries.

This exhibition focuses on imperial gold wares of Wanli Period, Ming Dynasty by Dong Bo Zhai Collection as well 
as Taiwan’s first brand of comtemporary jade art pieces by Soofeen Hu, revealing time-honored  Chinese culture of  
jade and gold, and also the necessity for open international communication.

The joy of material abundance is good, but cultural enrichment better!

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