Sunday, 4 May 2014

Maritime Silk road Sailing Far and Wide on the Sea

China Daily, 26 April 2014
Chinese ancient art does not always feature Chinese characteristics. The art can be western with carefully carved western faces or decorated patterns, due to cultural exchanges through land and sea Silk Roads.
Some creative pieces can be found within the “Sailing Far and Wide on the Sea: Exhibition of Treasures from the Maritime Silk Road” at the Capital Museum in Beijing from April 25 to June 22, 2014.
Four sections of the show bring together important Maritime Silk Road remnants from seven coastal provinces in China, such as porcelain, statues, ornaments, and even a hand-painted map that rebuilds a glorious picture of thousands of miles of sea voyages ranging from ancient China to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Let’s take a look at the Chinese ancient art  with western styles that still considered beautiful to this day.

A Yue ware lion-shaped candlestick with blue glaze from the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316). It was unearthed at the cemetery of the Yang clan from the Western Jin Dynasty in Xintai, Shangdong province. The lion image is often seen on ancient Egypt carvings. In Buddhist culture, the lion is the animal god that protects and maintains Buddha. Lions originated in India, Southeast Europe and Africa, and during the Han Dynasty (206BC-AD220) they were introduced into China and gradually became the country’s most representative animal god. [Photo by Wen Yi/]
A silver bowl with Makara designs from the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It was unearthed from the tomb of Wang, wife of Chen Yuantong of the Tang Dynasty.
Yue ware celadon pillow decorated with Makara patterns and tiger from the Five Dynasties period (907-960). It was unearthed in Kunlun village, Shangpu township, Shangyu in 1977.

A copper mirror decorated with sea horses and grapes from Tang Dynasty (618-907). It was unearthed at the workplace of Huaisi commune in Hanjiang district, Yangzhou.

A Western person's figurine from the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-581).

A tricolor-glazed pottery figurine from the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

A Changsha ware celadon ewer with a handle and brown appliqué design from the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It was unearthed from a Tang tomb in Zhuangyi village, Zhuangyuan township, Longwan district, Wenzhou in June 1980.

A golden belt with gem ornaments from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) from Shandong Museum. [Photo by Wang Kaihao/China Daily]


Easley Hamner said...

I was in Beijing just recently, but unfortunately unaware of the show; sorry to have missed it. Thanks for your posting of images! Do you have any more images or information from the show?

I've just discovered your website; very impressive!

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Hans van Roon said...

On the website of the Capital Museum you won't find anything at all, sorry