GIA Museum Shows Chinese Jade Carvings

A collection of intricate Chinese jade carvings will be showcased in the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Museum in Carlsbad, Calif. May 24 – Oct. 31. "Magic, Myths, and Minerals: Chinese Jades from the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery" will be on loan from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). It includes 37 ancient jade sculptures dating from the Shang dynasty (13th-11th century B.C.) through the Qing dynasty (17th-18th century). The exhibition explores the art of jade carving, touching on the significance and use of jade in Chinese society. Jade has fascinated the Chinese for more than 5,000 years. In ancient China, jade was recognized not only for its beauty and durability but also for its reputed magical or supernatural qualities. It was believed that jade preserved the human body after death. Early Chinese jades often were shaped for use in religious

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