Qijia culture, approximately lasted from 2300 to 1700 BCE, is an important prehistoric culture around the upper Huanghe region. Qijia jades are one of the representatives of prehistoric Western China jades, paralleling the jade culture in Hongshan and Liangzhu of Eastern China.
Hong Kong, Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies Shatin, N.T.Map
The donations of Qijia jades by Ms. Wo-Chun Fan not only enrich the collection at the Art Museum, they also make the Art Museum one of the few public institutions housing important jades of Qijia culture constituting a remarkable development in the study of prehistoric archaeology. Qijia jades are one of the representatives of prehistoric Western China jades, paralleling the jade culture in Hongshan and Liangzhu of Eastern China. Typical Qijia jades include bi, cong and bi formed by multiple huang. The surface of Qijia jades is mostly plain without any decorative motif. Generally, local jade materials were used. This exhibition showcases 32 pieces of jade and stone donated by Ms. Fan for the permanent collection of the Art Museum, CUHK.
During the exhibition, the Art Museum will display the new book by Ms. Fan, Chinese Jade with Knots. The book features over 60 pieces of Chinese jades, from the collection of Ms. Fan, who enjoys knotting the Chinese jades to give them new meanings. With the text and the art of knotting the Chines jades by Ms. Fan, the book demonstrates how the contemporary life can embrace antiques.