Jades is an important symbol that represents the lineage of Chinese history, a manifestation of Chinese culture. uniquely important among all the other cultures and civilizations, for the Chinese, the virtue of jades, and the culture of wearing jades has its profound influence in the progressive development of world cultures.
The museum’s jades collection comprising mainly the jades dating from as early as the Neolithic period, up to the Han Dynasty. By collecting these artefacts, Deji Art Museum aims to trace the origins of the formation and the standardization of ancient Chinese jade.
The museum’s jades’ collection includes Jiyu -auspicious jades made for sacrificial ceremonies, Peiyu-jades worn by men as a symbol of virtue, and Lianyu-burial jades etc. Since the Qin and the Han dynasty the Chinese have been appreciating jades for their aesthetical value by decorating their surroundings, displaying jades in various forms and styles.
Delicately carved, many of them were figurines of human and animals, showcasing the masterfulness of Chinese craftmanship. The jade pieces bestowed by the imperial courts were the most exquisite, symbolically representing the wishes and blessings for good fortune, good health, happiness and prosperity, fascinatingly interesting.