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"Prehistoric Taiwan Jade,” a special exhibition featuring items on loan from the National Museum of Prehistory collection, will be presented at the art gallery of the Taipower Building in Taipei from July 1 to Oct. 31.
To introduce the role of jade in prehistoric Taiwan, the exhibition offers three sections to provide an in-depth knowledge of the nation's jade history from different vantage points.
The exhibition starts with excavated jade objects from the Beinan Prehistoric Site in southeastern Taiwan. The National Museum of Prehistory has carefully selected five preserved jade objects of varied shapes to demonstrate the craftsmanship and aesthetics of prehistoric jade crafts.
The story of Taiwan's nephrite jade is illustrated in the second section. Found in abundance in Hualien's Shoufeng Township, nephrite jade was shipped all over the country and exported overseas since prehistoric ages through transportation and trade. Taiwanese nephrite jade objects were popular goods especially among Southeast Asian traders about 2,000 years ago.
The last section is designed to enhance understanding of Taiwanese jade through its mineral properties. Visitors will also be able to retrace the footsteps of Taiwan's jade-mining industry, from its meteorite rise as a profitable mineral to its gradual decline.
The exhibition will be accompanied by four forumschaired by Taiwanese jade experts. Volunteer guides will also be available on site to walk visitors through the exhibition.