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The Story of Jao Tsung-i

1/F Thematic Galleries 3, 4 & 5
27 November 2019 – 25 May 2020

Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and The University of Hong Kong
Jointly organised by Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, The University of Hong Kong
Supported by HKEdCity, Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government, Macao Museum of Art, Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole Fan Club, Jao Tsung-I Academy (Macao), The Jao Studies Foundation and The Jao Link

Professor Jao Tsung-i was born in Chao'an, Guangdong Province, and moved to Hong Kong in 1949. He was highly esteemed for his erudition in a wide range of humanity subjects: from prehistory, regional history, oracle bone inscriptions, bamboo and silk manuscripts, bibliographic research, the ancient anthology Songs of Chu, Dunhuang studies, history of religions, archaeology to Chinese literature. His inspirational insights have made him one of the most influential masters of Chinese studies in a contemporary context. The exhibition presents the great Professor in an omnidirectional light. Through more than 200 exhibits on display, which include snapshots of his daily life, personal letters, academic and artistic achievements, literary writings and archive collections, visitors will be able to see how a Hongkong-based scholar became a world renowned master of Chinese studies through lifelong dedication. He left valuable cultural wealth to Hong Kong, our country, and the world, symbolising the ever-flourishing Chinese culture.

 

Exhibit Highlights

Oracle Bone Diviners of the Yin Dynasty

Oracle Bone Diviners of the Yin Dynasty

1959
Collection of Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole, The University of Hong Kong

In 1962, Professor Jao Tsung-i's publication
Oracle Bone Diviners of the Yin Dynasty was awarded
the Prix Stanislas Julien, which is considered as
"the Nobel Prize in Sinology". This prize was established in 1872,
and named after the French sinologist, Stanislas Julien (1797-1873).

 

Prix Stanislas Julien

1962
Collection of Chaozhou Rao Zongyi
Academic Hall

Prix Stanislas Julien

 

Notebook of Professor Jao's Visit to Dunhuang

Notebook of Professor Jao's Visit to Dunhuang

1980s
Collection of Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole,
The University of Hong Kong

 

Five-character Couplet in Official Script

1990s
Ink on paper
Collection of Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole,
The University of Hong Kong

Five-character Couplet in Official Script

 

Lotus

Lotus

2001
Ink and colour on paper
Collection of Jao Tsung I Foundation

 

Six Continuous Scroll Lotus

2006
Colour on paper
Collection of Jao Tsung I Foundation

Six Continuous Scroll Lotus

 

Victoria Peak after the Rain with Seven-character Couplet in Official Script

Victoria Peak after the Rain with
Seven-character Couplet in Official Script

2010
Ink and colour on paper
Collection of Jao Tsung I Foundation

 

Commandment, Steadiness, Peace, and Wisdom

2016
Acrylics on canvas
Collection of Jao Tsung I Foundation

Commandment, Steadiness, Peace, and Wisdom

 

Pokfulam in the Rain

Pokfulam in the Rain

2003
Ink and colour on paper
Collection of Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole,
The University of Hong Kong

 

The Ending Verses of Diamond Sutra

2010
Ink on paper
Collection of Jao Tsung I Foundation

The Ending Verses of Diamond Sutra

 

The Pursuit of Truth, Correctness and Neutrality

The Pursuit of Truth, Correctness and Neutrality

2016
Ink on gold card
Collection of Jao Tsung I Foundation

 

Papier-mâché Flong for
Kowloon and Historical Literature of the Song Dynasty

1950s
Collection of Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole,
The University of Hong Kong

Papier-mâché Flong for Kowloon and Historical Literature of the Song Dynasty

 

Kowloon and Historical Literature of the Song Dynasty

Kowloon and Historical Literature of the Song Dynasty

1959
Collection of Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole,
The University of Hong Kong

 

Yumen Pass in the Mist

2005
Ink and colour on paper
Collection of Jao Tsung I Foundation

Yumen Pass in the Mist