Jades for Life and Death

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Places

This map links objects with archaeological information associated with specific locations in China.

People

This unit features previous owners of jades that are now in the Freer│Sackler.

Essays

In the essay section read an article on Charles Lang Freer’s Neolithic jade collection, refer to analytical work done on Freer and Sackler jades, and access an essay in Chinese on the history of archaeological activity at Neolithic Liangzhu 良渚 culture sites.

Videos

Watch documentaries and interviews with jade specialists here.

Resources

Research archival material, selected past publications, and a subject bibliography. Link to the Google Cultural Institute to explore an installation of early Chinese jades in the Freer Gallery of Art.

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