By Ashley Bailey
, Wednesday, November 15, 2006
From GIA, Carlsbad, Calif. - The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has received a carved natural jadeite sculpture of a leaping carp from Sophie Leu, who has made several jadeite donations to the Institute in recent years. The piece will be displayed as part of the Institute’s Museum Collection at the Robert Mouawad Campus in Carlsbad.
“This large sculpture is a beautiful piece made of high-quality, rich green jadeite,” said Elise Misiorowski, director of the GIA Museum. "In Chinese culture, a fish is an auspicious symbol that represents harmony and abundance.”
The sculpture measures approximately 10.5 inches wide, 5 inches tall and 1.5 inches deep. In addition to the carp, it features lingzhi mushrooms and lotus flowers, leaves, and fruit.
“As part of my heritage, jadeite is very special to me. This piece represents prosperity, good luck, and success – all things I wish for GIA,” said Leu. “Also, I think it is important for the Institute to have good examples of jadeite. Through my ability to donate such pieces, it is my hope to share the importance of jadeite and its cultural symbolism with GIA’s students, staff, and the visiting public.”
Leu previously donated a jadeite teapot and four cups, as well as two jadeite rings. She has also loaned a large jadeite bowl and another jadeite sculpture, “The Eight Immortals,” to GIA for display.
“Sophie has been such a strong supporter of GIA, starting with her first donation in 2004,” said Kimberly Vagner, GIA’s In-Kind Gifts coordinator. “Her continuing generosity is helping to grow the GIA Museum’s jadeite collection, and we are grateful for each of her beautiful contributions.”
For more information on how to donate in-kind gifts to the Institute’s Museum Collection, contact GIA In-Kind Gifts DirectorPatricia Syvrudat 760-603-4432.