Current Exhibition

Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou

May 25 – November 12, 2017

Exhibition Overview:

In 201 BCE, the first emperor of the Han Dynasty knighted his younger brother as the first king of the Chu Kingdom, which was centered in Peng Cheng, today’s Xuzhou, in northern Jiangsu Province. Ruling under the emperor’s protection, and given special exemption from imperial taxes, elites in this Kingdom enjoyed a lavish lifestyle. Twelve generations of kings lived, died, and were buried in sumptuous tombs carved into the nearby rocky hills. Since the mid 20th Century, nearly hundred tombs were excavated, revealing contents that testify to the Chu kings’ affluence, as well as their beliefs in immortality and the afterlife. One of the most stunning finds was an elaborate jade sarcophagi burial suit, assembled from thousands of pieces of jade, the precious stone adored by Chinese people since the Neolithic period as an auspicious material that could ensure immortality. This exhibition will feature the jade suit, and other tomb contents that highlight how these powerful and wealthy kings prepared for death and envisioned their afterlife to come.

Gallery Hours (During Exhibitions)

Monday – Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM, free from 6:00 – 8:00PM
Saturday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Specially open on Sunday, November 12, 11AM to 5PM

China Institute Gallery Address

100 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006
Temporary entrance: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
Phone: 212-744-8181 Fax: 212-628-4159
Email: [email protected]


Located in the Downtown of Manhattan on 100 Washington Street, at the corner of Washington St & Rector St, China Institute is easily reached by public transportation.

By Subway
Take R 1 to Rector Street, or take 4 5 to Wall Street, or take A C to Fulton Street, then transfer 4 5 to Wall Street.

By Bus
Take M5 bus Southbound to Trinity Place and Rector Street, or take M20 bus Southbound End Avenue, or take M22 bus Southbound to Vesey Street.

By Path
Hoboken/Newark to World Trade Center

Admission Fees

Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors: $5
Students: $5
Children under 16: Free
FREE admission on November 11 and 12

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact: [email protected]

The Lead Sponsors of this exhibition, its catalogue, and related public programs are Liu Dan and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Additional support is provided by Confucius Institute Headquarters; Masahiro Hashiguchi; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Dame Jillian and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler Foundation for the Arts, Sciences & Humanities; Laurie Jue-Ying and David Ying; members of China Institute’s Friends of the Gallery; and other Exhibition Sponsors. In-kind support has been graciously provided by United Airlines and Golden Seahorse LLC.*

*Funders to date


Exhibition Catalogues

Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou
Price: $59
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Exhibition Related Programs

Group Tours: Discover China Through Art (DCTA)

Exhibition Media Coverage