The Chinese ancient jade art started from Neolithic Age, went through waves of several dynasties as Shang, Zhou, Western Han and Easter Han, Tang and Song, reached its peak at Ming and Qing dynasties. The jade articles at Ming and Qing dynasties carried on secularization and living style from Tang and Song dynasties, especially in Qianlong period, the sufficient resource of jade material with being excellent in quality made the jade articles well-molded, exquisite polishing and to reach the peak in the history of jade by collecting the great achievement from past dynasties. Due to historic reasons, Liaoning Provincial Museum collected jade articles of Ming and Qing dynasties in a large quantity, good quality and wide varieties, completely reflecting the basic features of jade in Ming and Qing dynasties. This exhibition will give presentation to the jade of Ming and Qing dynasties in the light of jade material varieties, modeling, decoration techniques, and usable functions as well as modeled after an antique and pseudo-ancient jade, hoping to help visitors better understand and appreciate jade art of Ming and Qing dynasties.
Starting from the idea of “reading jade”, this exhibition will be the occasion to take advantages of cultural relics in the museum collection, where the representative jade articles will be displayed as reflecting features of jade material, modeling, workmanship and sorts of usage etc all aspects in Ming and Qing dynasties, so as to make visitors feel like reading a book about jade appreciation. Meanwhile, the different sources of jade collection in Liaoning Provincial Museum made the possible of combining palace jade and folk jade, thus becoming one of the characteristics of this exhibition. In addition, pseudo-ancient jade will be displayed as a key exhibition unit to show the way of making counterfeit as far as possible, plus the way of comparing the genuine and counterfeit, letting visitors to have more intuitive understanding.