The exquisite pieces in this exhibition represent the highest levels of craftsmanship including a number of pieces from the imperial workshops. Visitors will be able to see just how many elegant forms jade can take while delving into a variety of themes, including nature, symbolism and the world of the scholar. The items on display form part of a major donation to the museum, given in memory of Gerard Arnhold. Arnhold was born in 1918 to a well-known family of Jewish philanthropists in Germany. They were forced to flee to the UK in 1936. He went on to run a successful technology company which enabled him to support a number of arts institutions and charities one of which was the Oriental Museum. Following his death in 2010, his family gave permission to acknowledge his generous contribution to the museum.
In Pursuit of Elegance: Chinese Jades from the Arnhold Collection, until 19 September, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill Rd., durham. dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum