From: Flint Institute of Arts
11/19/2016 - 7/30/2017
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48503
Throughout history, jade has had profound cultural implications in different regions of the world. In ancient Mesoamerican cultures, jade was highly prized and often connected to rulers and spirituality. A wide variety of items, including tools, figurines, and jewelry reflected the strong cosmological and symbolic associations the culture had with this luminous, hard stone. Jade has also been an important artistic material in China for over 6,000 years. During this time, it evolved from serving ritual functions to personal usage.
Image Credit: Chinese, Qing Dynasty, 16441911/12, Pair of Cranes, late 19th century, Jadeite, 14 1/4 inches high, each. Gift of Miss Carol C. Pierson, 2005.193.1-.2