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To follow Robert Tang’s and Dr Xu Xiaodong’s recent lectures on a collector’s journey, and the unparalleled qualities of Qing dynasty jades, the OCS is delighted to announce that Dr Xu will share her expertise with members through a guided viewing of two extraordinary exhibitions of jade currently on view at the Chinese University’s Art Museum.

Restrained Lustre: Chinese Jades from the Cissy and Robert Tang Collection features 109 jades dating from Neolithic times to the late Qing period that show the collectors preference for personal ornaments, sculptural forms and literati values.

Heavenly Crafted: Selected Mughal Jades from the Palace Museum, sponsored by the Friends of the Art Museum, exhibits for the first time a group of 40 extraordinary Mughal jades from the  Palace Museum collection. The exhibition reveals the artistic achievements of Mughal jades, their origins, and the cross-pollination of influences from Central Asia as well as China during the Qing dynasty.

Dr Xu will guide members through these two exhibitions, which offer both personal and unique insights into one of the most venerated art forms in China. Members are invited to join the shared cost dim sum lunch with Dr Xu at the renowned Shatin 18 at the Hyatt Regency hotel following the viewing. Both exhibitions continue until 28th February, and feature scholarly catalogues.

Dr Xu Xiaodong, BA (Peking University), MPhil & PhD (Chinese University of Hong Kong), worked as keeper and researcher at the Palace Museum, Beijing from 2007 to 2013. Her research interests include history of Chinese jade, gold and silver, amber, imperial arts of the Ming and Qing dynasties and artistic interactions between ancient China and the West. She is currently Associate Director of the Art Museum, and Honorary Associate Professor of the Fine Arts Department, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

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