When a stone is not just a stone.

In Chinese culture, jade is more than an ornamental mineral. For millennia, jade has been described as possessing five virtues: benevolence, loyalty, wisdom, courage, and integrity.

In the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Hall of Jades, more than 450 jade objects from our collection tell the story of jade’s enduring importance to Chinese cultural traditions. Jade was a symbol of wealth, influence, and power throughout China’s history. In Neolithic China, the stone was used in burial rituals, and artists today create arresting jade pieces honoring the past, using intricate new techniques.