March 19, 2018

$38 Million in Chinese Antiquities Donated to CSU Northridge

By LJ Staff

Chinese-American entrepreneur Roland Tseng is donating a whopping $38 million worth of Chinese antiquities to California State University (CSU), Northridge. The donation is both the largest to that campus and the largest in the entire CSU system’s history. The donation consists of roughly 100 items capped by a 3000-year-old gold and bronze ritual vessel believed to be the only one in existence, which carries an estimated value of $5.5 million. The artifacts will be presented to the library over a period of four years and will be used both for scholarly study and display purposes. In April 2004, the university plans to launch the first in a series of public exhibits in the Oviatt Library displaying the donated items and others loaned from Tseng. The west wing of the library will be named the Tseng Family Wing, the donated items will be known as the Tseng Family Collection, and they will be displayed in the C.K. and Teresa Tseng Gallery, named in honor of Tseng’s parents. Tseng also will establish an endowment to permanently support the collection and its activities.