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.
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)