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Friday Evening Lectures

From Workshop to Grave: Ancient Chinese Jades
J. Keith Wilson, curator of ancient Chinese art, Freer/Sackler, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

From its origins in the Stone Age, jade working represents the oldest and longest continuous artistic tradition in China. For the first three thousand years—spanning the late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age—jades were status and power symbols among the social and political elite; some jades also served as magical accessories for rites and rituals. In both capacities, they almost always accompanied their owners to their graves. This lecture addresses the lifespan of early Chinese jade objects—from their fabrication to their burial—focusing on examples in the Sam and Myrna Myers Collection.

Evening lectures by distinguished guest speakers, held throughout the year, address a range of topics relating to the appreciation and interpretation of art. They are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Pavilion Auditorium; simulcast in Kahn Auditorium