Jades occupy a unique place in Chinese culture. With a symbolic significance that far exceeds their decorative function, jades have been an important component in Chinese society for more than eight thousand years. Their function and status have transformed over different periods of history. In the formation of ancient Chinese civilisations, they played a crucial role as symbols of wealth and status and were extensively used in rituals. This lecture explores the rise and fall of ritual jades in early China on the basis of new archaeological finds.
Dr Tianlong Jiao, Head Curator, Hong Kong Palace Museum