Past Exhibition

5,000 Years of Chinese Jade

October 01–February 19, 2012

Cowden Gallery

5,000 Years of Chinese Jade Featuring Selections from the National Museum of History, Taiwan and the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, Smithsonian Institution is a major international exhibition organized by SAMA and held in conjunction with the City of San Antonio’s yearlong celebration of Taiwan.

With its broad historical approach, the exhibition provides an opportunity to experience the great breadth of Chinese history through outstanding works of art arranged chronologically. Principal types represented in the jade exhibition include ritual objects, weapons, scholar’s objects, adornments and jewelry, and vessels. The jades vary greatly in color, size, date, and function. An Education Gallery located in the exhibition allows visitors to further explore the subject through videos, books, and computer resources. 

Exhibition Gallery

Dragon-shaped Pendant, Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475–221 BC), Nephrite, h.2 3/4 x w. 1 15/16 x d. 1/8 in. (7.0 x 4.9 x 0.3 cm)
Pair of Bird Silhouettes, Wester Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC), Nephrite, h. 1 1/16 x w. 3 1/16 x d. 1/8 in. (2.7 x 5.2 x 0.3 cm), National Museum of History, Taiwan, 89-00045
Spinach Jade Brushpot, Qing dynasty, 18th century, Nephrite, h. 6 3/4 x w. 6 1/4 in. (17.1 x 15.9 cm), Private Collection

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