Exhibitions/ A Passion for Jade

A Passion for Jade: The Heber Bishop Collection

At The Met Fifth Avenue
March 14, 2015–June 19, 2016
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

Heber R. Bishop's collection of carved jades was formed in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum in 1902. Consisting of over one thousand pieces—primarily Chinese jades of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as jades from Mughal India—it was the first major collection of its kind in the country. This exhibition features a selection of the finest examples from this renowned collection and celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the Department of Asian Art.

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The exhibition is made possible by the Joseph Hotung Fund.

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Exhibition Objects



Pillow in the shape of an infant boy, 19th century. Qing dynasty (1644–1911). China. Jade (nephrite); H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); W. 4 in. (10.2 cm); L. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902 (02.18.426)