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Marvel at 6000-year-old jade art at Xiamen Shinegood Culture Gallery

Updated: 11 Dec 2013

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Marvel at 6000-year-old jade art at Xiamen Shinegood Culture Gallery
Having only opened in 2011, Xiamen's Shinegood Culture Gallery (上古文化艺术馆) may be new, but its contents are anything but. This museum on the eastern end of Xiamen Island brings thousands of pieces once held by private collectors together into China's largest exhibit of ancient jade. These pieces, which include statues, bowls, musical instruments, masks, and weapons have been preserved in excellent condition, and demonstrate the exquisite craftsmanship of Chinese jade artists, made even more remarkable given the fact that they are 3,000 to 6,000 years old!

In modern China, jade is revered for its mythical and healing properties; in ancient times it was no different, except that commoners were forbidden to own jade, which was reserved for kings and priests. Shinegood's jade artifacts are divided between elaborate ornaments and daily-use articles meant to convey the king's status, as well as pieces used in religious ceremonies and sacrificial rituals. Adults will marvel at the artistry of these ancient pieces and early examples of Chinese writing carved in jade, while children will be fascinated by the half-animal half-god pieces and by the 3,000-year-old "Chinese mermaid." The impressive, historically significant collection justifies the rather expensive ticket price of around 100 RMB. English language interpreters are available upon request.

Shinegood Culture Gallery
Add: A1-A3 Culture Exhibition Center, Wuyuan Bay 五缘湾文化展览苑A1-A3
Tel: (0592) 2231666
Fax: (0592) 2216798
E-mail: xmdeal@163.com
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