Exhibitions/ A Passion for Jade: Heber Bishop and His Collection

A Passion for Jade: Heber Bishop and His Collection

At The Met Fifth Avenue
October 21, 2017–July 22, 2018
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

This exhibition presents a selection of the most refined works from the Bishop collection of jade, the most esteemed stone in China. The works on view represent the sophisticated art of Chinese lapidaries during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), as well as the highly accomplished works of Mogul Indian (1526–1857) craftsmen whose skill inspired their Chinese counterparts. Also on display are a set of Chinese lapidary tools and illustrations of jade workshops, which introduce viewers to the traditional method of working jade.


The exhibition is made possible by the Joseph Hotung Fund.


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222

Exhibition Objects




Boy with water buffalo (清中期 玉童子牧牛), 18th century. Chinese, Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Jade (nephrite), 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (13.2 x 10.6 x 18.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902 (02.18.438)