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Stone of Heaven – Chinese Jade

Where:  San Francisco Public Library, North Beach Branch

When:  Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Address: 850 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133

In China jade is believed to have life-prolonging qualities, and many consider jade to be more precious than gold. For thousands of years craftsmen have drawn inspiration from nature and creatively worked jade into various sizes, forms and shapes. Over time, layers of meaning have been associated with the essence and quality of jade objects.

In a 50 minute slide presentation, Asian Art Museum docent Pauline Tsui will tell the story of Jade: from its formation and classification, to a decipher of the symbolic meanings of jade using examples from the museum’s 18th to 20th century jade collection. To finish, Pauline will give tips on identifying fakes and how to care for jade.

This is a free lecture.

Jade horse and monkeys

Nephrite jade from the Asian Art Museum collection.

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