Pearls: Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers
27 September 2016 - 8 January 2017
Pearls, Treasures from the Seas and the Rivers is the first international exhibition introduced by the National Museum of China, with a focus on the history, legend, mythology and meaning of pearls from Qatar, China and around the world. 130 rare and beautiful pieces from the Qatar Museums collection, as well as a spectacular Imperial masterpiece from the National Museum of China’s own collection are on show, providing visitors with a rare opportunity to see one of the finest collections of pearl jewellery in the world.
Under the guidance of Qatar Museums’ Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and National Museum of China’s Director His Excellency Lu Zhangshen, the exhibition is a highlight of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture initiative, which aims to celebrate, strengthen and enhance cultural relationships and mutual understanding between China and Qatar, and to build upon the long, shared history of cultural and diplomatic relations between both countries.
The exhibition is co-curated by internationally renowned pearl expert, Dr Hubert Bari. H.E. Lu Zhangshen was the chief planner from China’s part to oversee overall curation. The exhibition highlights the importance of natural pearls from countries in the Gulf region, as part of the region’s rich heritage and identity. It celebrates a wide array of stunning and important objects of historical interest to both countries, and reveals the history of the use of pearls over 2,000 years, from the Roman period until the 21st century. Among the exquisite exhibits are jewel masterpieces by internationally acclaimed designers, royal pearl tiaras from European monarchies and stunning wearable jewelry made from rare pearls from various regions.