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“Hall of Gold and Jade: Ritual and Life in the Qing Palace” Now on View at the History Museum of Xinjiang's Reclamation

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Location:the History Museum of Xinjiang's Reclamation

Dates: 2021-09-29 through 2022-01-05

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To deepen the implementation of the spirit of President Xi Jinping’s important discussion on the work in Xinjiang, advance the project of cultural benefit for Xinjiang, and temper the community awareness of the Chinese people, on 29 September 2021, the exhibition “Hall of Gold and Jade: Ritual and Life in the Qing Palace”, organized jointly by the Palace Museum and the Third Division of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps at Tumxuk, opened in the History Museum of Xinjiang's Reclamation. Wang Xudong, member of the leading Party group of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and director of the Palace Museum; Li Xinming, deputy-secretary of the Party committee and deputy-political commissar of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and director of the Corps Party committee Publicity Department; Li Zhenguo, Party secretary and political commissar of the Third Division at Tumxuk; and other leaders attended and spoke at the opening ceremony. Additionally, Yan Hongbin, deputy-director of the Palace Museum; representatives from various Corps departments and related work units; and members of the leadership team of the Third Division at Tumxuk attended the event.

The Third Division of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps at Tumxuk is situated between the Tianshan mountain range to the north and the Kunlun range farther to the south and sits at the geographic center of the four districts of Southern Xinjiang. A critical juncture in the Sino-Pakistani economic corridor, the area is an important base for agricultural cultivation and military reclamation and an important microcosm of multicultural exchange and fusion. The Palace Museum, with its collection of over 1.86 million works, is an important custodian of five millennia of Chinese civilization and the world’s most important treasury of ancient Chinese art. These cultural relics, having witnessed the historical development of ethnic fusion, fully demonstrate the legacy of the Chinese people, including the people of Xinjiang, and the interconnectedness of human civilization and carry on the genes of Chinese culture while playing an important role in constructing a shared spiritual home for the Chinese people.

“Hall of Gold and Jade: Ritual and Life in the Qing Palace” presents over 120 works of gold and jade from the Palace Museum collection. The ritual implements, ornamental art, and objects used in daily life are displayed in gallery sections themed on spiritual veneration, imperial birthdays and rituals, and new year celebrations in a demonstration of the advanced artisanship achieved during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). From ancient times, Xinjiang has been one of China’s most important sources for jade, which has been adored by people of all ethnic groups. In showcasing these works in Xinjiang, they are brought back to the region, in a sense, and afford local residents with opportunities to discover the cultural and historical stories of the art and to experience the beauty of China’s outstanding traditional culture.

This exhibition has the cultural relics of the Palace Museum as a vehicle with academic research as its core and serves to implement the spirit of President Xi Jinping’s discourse on Xinjiang while fulfilling the Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s “cultural benefit for Xinjiang” project.

The exhibition runs through 5 January 2022.

Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu

 

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