Mysterious Stone of Heaven: The Story of Chinese Jade

Lecture by Hanne Sutcliffe BA Hons FRSA

Monday 15th February 2016 at 2pm

The beautiful Jade stone has been precious to the Chinese for over 6,000 years. The lecture traces the usage of Jades in ancient tombs, from ritual Jades to stunning ornaments. The Chinese buried their Emperors in Jade suits – believed to protect the soul in the afterlife. Over the centuries the Jade stone was worked into breathtaking small sculptures and vessels, used by the Emperors in their exotic palaces.

The lecture explains the background to the Jade stone, where it is found, how it is worked, colour choices, dated and its long history as part of the Chinese culture.