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From Han Emperors to Jewelry Connoisseurs: Unveiling the Mysteries of Jade

October 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00 – 8:00PM
6:00: Gallery viewing
6:30: Program begins
Speaker Name: Mr. Keziah Chan
Event Fee: Free for Members, $10 Non-members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Why is jade so important in Chinese culture—from art to mythology and vernacular tradition? In the Han Dynasty, only royalty was allowed to deal with jade, and emperors were buried in jade suits intended to preserve their lives for eternity. Through the centuries, Chinese babies have worn jade amulets to protect them from harm and evil forces. And today, jade jewelry is treasured more than ever as a valuable and beautiful asset. Mr. Keziah Chan, manager of Lao Feng Xiang Jewelry, the venerable Hong Kong jeweler with a store on Fifth Avenue, is one of the world’s experts on the precious stone. Come hear him explain jade through the millennia—from historical traditions to how to recognize and analyze the value of various jade types today.

Before and after the talk, visit the China Institute Gallery’s stunning show, Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, featuring a magnificent jade suit from Xuzhou, Jiangsu, where many of the Han emperors were buried.

Keziah Chan hails from Hong Kong and is presently the manager of Lao Feng Xiang Jewelry in New York. He has been a dealer in the jade business for over thirty years. He was educated in London and is a member of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, At LFX Mr. Chan is responsible for staff training sessions and product knowledge seminars for several reputable jewelry companies.

Register Online. For questions email: [email protected] or call 212-744-8181


October 10, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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