From China: Jewellery of the Ancient and Minority People

World Jewellery Museum
Aug 7, 2013 5:55AM

From China: Jewellery of the Ancient and Minority People

17 July – 31 October 2008

Possessing the world’s fourth largest terrain, China resembles a massive mosaic formed by a colorful spectrum of cultural, historical, ethnic and natural elements. The mixture of the 56 different population groups, including the Han Chinese, serves as a cradle for the creation of the diverse cultural phenomena. Each of the minority groups has retained its own unique traditions and cultures in a cycle of growth and demise.

In the center of all this fervent activity stands a small giant and that role is played out by jewellery. Chinese jewellery records the momentous historical events and contains the extracted essence of the aesthetic world of the Chinese people and their majestic views of life. The 55 minority groups constitute only 8 percent of the 1.3 billion inhabitants in China. However, their jewellery is a testament to the dynamic vibrant strength of modern and contemporary Chinese jewellery.

In the spirit of celebrating the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, From China: Jewellery of the Ancient and Minority People hopes to provide an opportunity to further strengthen the cultural bridge between the two nations.

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