Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity
Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou
Featured objects include exquisite vessels fashioned from solid jade, a full suit of iron armor, a spectacular solid gold belt buckle and a magnificent, 2,000-year-old, life-sized jade and gold burial suit that is the finest to have survived from ancient China. The objects were excavated from a group of monumental tombs of the Kings of Chu that were carved into rocky hillsides in an area midway between Beijing and Shanghai.
In adjacent galleries will be displayed a selection of 90 pieces from the museum’s celebrated collection of early Chinese art from the Shang (16th century—ca. 1046 B.C.E.) to the Han (206 B.C.E.—220 C.E.) dynasties. The display will include the world-famous jade bi ritual disc and many other exceptional pieces.
Two Exhibitions, One Price
Admission to Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity will include an additional ticket to view Through the Eyes of Picasso good for one visit through April 8, 2018.
Wed-Fri, 2:30 pm
Exhibition tickets required.
Battle of Empires:
Cultural Achievements of Ancient China and Rome
Thursday, Feb 1 | 6-7 pm | Free
Join exhibition curator Colin Mackenzie and curator of ancient art, Robert Cohon, for this no-holds-barred debate about the respective merits of two powerful empires.
Music and Dance Inspired by Ancient China
Friday, March 16 | 6:30-7:30 pm | Free
UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance explores the ancient traditions of Chinese performance.
Through April 2018, enjoy other programs and events highlighting the arts of Asia, including the museum’s annual Chinese New Year Celebration, Sunday, January 28.
Learn more about jade and it’s importance in Chinese culture with our Library Reading Guide. Visit Spencer Art Reference Library in the Bloch Building for more information.
Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity—Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou is organized by the China Institute Gallery and the Xuzhou Municipal Museum. Curated by Li Yinde.
In Kansas City the exhibition is supported by the Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation, the Stern Foundation for the Arts, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the Blakemore Foundation.
Image: Life-Size Jade Burial Suit with Gold Thread, China, Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.E.-9 C.E.). Excavated from the tomb of the King of Chu at Shizishan, Xuzhou in 1995. 69 x 26 13/16 inches.