Symposium to Explore the Rich History of Jade

The special exhibition Blossoming Stone: Qing Dynasty Jade at the Crow Collection of Asian Art presents a selection of more than  100 pieces from the museum’s jade collection.

In conjunction with the exhibit, a cast of international scholars and experts will convene in Dallas for “The Story of the Stone: Jade, Spirituality, and Modernity,” a unique two-day exploration into the mystery and meaning of jade, at the Crow Collection April 9 – 10.

The symposium, which explores the artistic, symbolic and economic significance of jade in China’s past and present, is jointly sponsored by the Confucius Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas and the Crow Collection of Asian Art, with support from The Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology.

Prized for its combination of translucence and strength, jade, the “royal gem,” has long occupied a place of unique importance in Chinese culture.

The late Trammell Crow collected the jade artifacts on display – through Aug. 1 – over a period of three decades. Guided by his discerning connoisseurship and instinct for beauty, Crow created this collection that is the heart and soul of the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

Lectures at the symposium include “Jade and Early Chinese Cosmology,” by Harold D. Roth, Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies,  Brown University; “Jade and Sexuality,” by Stephen West, Professor Emeritus, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley; and “Assessing Jade,” by Stuart and Barbara Hilbert, The Jade Dragon. For a full schedule of events and to register, visit

This Qing dynasty example of jade art dates from the 18th century. Jade treasures from the Crow Collection of Asian Art will be on display through Aug. 1.

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