SEPTEMBER 20, 2017- DECEMBER 2, 2017
On September 20th, 2017 Poly Culture Art Center was opening the “Exquisite Chinese Jades Throughout the Ages” Exhibition. This unprecedented exhibition featured over 60 jade carvings from the millennium of the Song Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. The exhibition was organized by Beijing Poly Art Center and Beijing Renaissance Investment Management Limited, co-organized by Poly Culture Art Center and supported by Poly Culture North America Investment Corporation Limited.
The traces of Chinese Jade can be found as early as the Neolithic Period. From the Hongshan culture of the Liaohe River Basin to the Longshan culture of the middle and lower Yellow River valley to the Shijiahe culture centred on the middle and lower Yangtze River region and from Lingjiatan culture to Liangzhu culture, marking the beginning of Neolithic culture. Spanning the Shang, Zhou, Qin, and Han dynasties all the way until the Ming and Qing dynasties, Chinese jade culture has transcended each dynasty and is representative of Chinese civilization as cultural relics. Confucius writes in the Book of Verse that when thought of a wise man, “his merits appear to be like jade” and that “Jade’s beauty embodies five virtues. Chinese artisans’ love of jade not only includes aesthetic beauty but also represents terms of social values. This exhibition not only featured jade ornamental works but also offered a range of smaller jade carvings and crafts so the audience could enjoy a closer interaction with the pieces and experience the exhibition in closer detail.
A celadon and white jade carving of “double Lingzhi” brush washerKangxi Period, Qing Dynasty, 17th Century
A rate white jadecarving of bitter melonQing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, 18th Century
A white jade imperial Ruyi scepter of “happiness and longevity”Qianlong Period, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century
fine imperial white jade bowl-Qianlong Period, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century
A white jade carving of the “gods of harmonious union” flower vaseQianlong Period, Qing Dynasty, 18thCentury