Date & Time:Friday, 19 Feb, 2016 6:30 pmVenue:Sotheby’s, 5th Floor Gallery, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, CentralCost:HK$250 Members HK$350 Non-members HK$100 Young Friends CUHK Fine Art Students FOC (limited). Contact:Emma Graham at

There are over 1400 Chinese jades at the Royal Ontario Museum. Collected for over a hundred years, these jades, especially the early ones, are considered to be among the very finest. Further research has more recently revealed that many of these works have imperial provenance, a topic that attracts controversy. Dr. Shen will share with the Friends a brief history on collecting jades for Canada’s largest museum and will shed light on how the pieces endured their journey to Canada. Islamic jades from the museum’s collection will also be introduced.


About our speaker

Dr. Chen Shen is the Vice President, World Cultures at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) responsible for collection and research in arts and archaeology around the world. Dr. Shen joined the ROM in 1997 as the first Bishop White Curator of Eastern Asian Archaeology, and become the Bishop White Chair of East Asian Archaeology in 2010. He began his archaeological fieldwork in China in 1984, followed by excavations in the United States and Canada. He currently leads several projects in Palaeolithic archaeology in northern China, and his works include the World Heritage Site – the Zhoukoudian site in Beijing. His research focuses on human origins in East Asia, as well as material cultures in early China. As a museum curator, Dr. Shen is responsible for the ROM's Chinese collection, galleries and exhibitions. He has curated many exhibitions at the ROM, including the critically acclaimed Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan in 2002, The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army, and the Forbidden City: Inside Court of China’s Emperor 2014–15.


Dr. Shen is also a professor in the Anthropology Department and in the Eastern Asian Study Department at the University of Toronto.  He is an Academic Trustee member at the Archaeological Institute of American, the North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology.

Dr. Shen is the author of Anyang and Sanxingdui: Unveiling the Mysterious of Ancient Chinese Civilizations and Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army, and the senior editor of Current Research in Chinese Pleistocene Archaeology. He served as Section Editor of Human Evolution and Peopling to the World for Springer’s Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology, and has published many academic papers in both English and Chinese.