China Culture Center, NUST organize a lecture on 'Artistic interaction'.


ISLAMABAD -- China Cultural Center in Pakistan in collaboration with Chinese Studies Center NUST organized a lecture on 'Artistic Interaction between China and Central Asia Jades from 15th to 18th Century" at National University of Science and Technology (NUST) on Tuesday. Ambassador (Retired) Syed Hassan Javid, Director of Chinese Studies Center in NUST University Islamabad and Dr. Ashfaq Hassan Khan, Principal of School of Social Sciences and Humanities NUST University, You Baoming, Director Programmes of China Cultural Center, Zamir Awan along with students of NUST, attended the event. Ms. Xu Xiaodong, Associate Professor, Department of Arts Chinese University of Hong Kong, especially came from China on the request of China Cultural Center in Pakistan to deliver a lecture on 'Artistic Interaction between China and the Central Asia Jades from 15th to 18th Century".

The lecture was based on early jade was used as an ornament or sacrificial utensils. The earliest Chinese carved-jade object appeared in the Hemudu culture in the early Neolithic period (about 3500-2000 BCE). The empire was founded by Timur of Turco-Mongol lineage, who established the empire between 1370 and his death in 1405.The earliest piece made during the Timurid Empire is the dark green jade tombstone that Emperor Ulugh Beg (reigned 1447-1449) commissioned in honour of his grandfather Timur and which still lies on top of the crypt under Timur's mausoleum in Samarkand. This block of green jades was one of the spoils of war for Ulugh Beg, when he defeated the Ili Mongols in 1424-1425.With the successive fall of the Timurid capitals of Samarkand the Herat in early 16th century, the Ottoman Empire gradually became the major centre of jade carving.


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