The OCS is delighted to welcome Dr Xu Xiaodong to present a lecture postponed from last year on the subject of Qing dynasty (1644-1911) jade carving, which reached its zenith during the Qianlong era. Dr Xu will focus on the innovative tendency of Qianlong period jades focusing in particular on a group of iconic Mughal jades in the imperial collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing that have neither been systematically studied, nor exhibited before in her lecture. The artistic achievement of the Mughal jades, their origins, and their mutual influences with the art of jade-carving in Central Asia as well as China, and the characteristics of Qing dynasty jades crafted in the style of the Mughal jades will be revealed and explored.
This lecture is organized in conjunction with an unprecedented exhibition of 40 Mughal jades from the Palace Museum collection at the Chinese University Art Museum, Heavenly Crafted: Selected Mughal Jades from the Palace Museum, that continues to 28 February 2016.
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.