The first exhibition, ‘Vessel’, highlights a particular form in Chinese jade culture―the vessel. Its popularity from the Song dynasty (960–1279) to the Qianlong reign (1736–95) of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) can be seen in the wide variety of shapes available and in the variety of stones utilized. The Song dynasty saw an extended period of economic development and high artistic achievement. The literati way of life and its accompanying aesthetics flourished, percolating through to all forms of the arts from paintings and calligraphy to ceramics and jades. One example that epitomises the cultured taste of this period is the ewer-form bottle with bird-head spout previously in the Mu-Fei Collection. This ‘ewer’ has motifs referencing bronze vessels of earlier periods and is reminiscent of Liao dynasty (916–1125) sack-form vases. Its superbly rendered details undoubtedly make it one of the highlights of this group of vessels.
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‘Earthly Hues’ focuses on the wide variety of colours in jade carvings. While some are naturally occurring, others are a result of transformations during burial. Nevertheless, as in the gallery’s previous exhibitions, the importance of the combination of carving quality and scarcity of the object itself cannot be more emphasized. The selected items were used in both the public and private spheres, from archaic ritual and ceremonial objects to personal handling pieces and pendants. Most come from renowned collections and/or are previously published.
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