Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Art of Princely Courts in Fifteenth-Century China


Royal Taste offers a unique glimpse into the luxurious lifestyles and religious practices of princely courts in early- and mid-Ming China (1368-1644). Organized by The Ringling, this exhibition of more than 140 works of pictorial, sculptural, and decorative arts reveals some lesser-known aspects of palatial lives, religious patronage, and afterlife beliefs of Ming princes, whose world has long been a mystery. The quality of craftsmanship and beauty of design testifies to the richness and sophistication of the art and culture of the nobility in the provinces.
The majority of the objects on view were selected from recent archaeological finds now in the collections of four museums in the Hubei province in China, and from imperially-commissioned statues housed at Daoist temples on Mount Wudang, the birthplace of Tai Chi. Through these important loans—all of which are traveling to the US for the first time—the exhibition provides a more complete understanding of the visual and religious worlds of Ming princes and demonstrates the vital role of their courts in shaping Ming material culture. 
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Circular carving from the side zhaobi screen at Zhoufu an
16th century
Wudang Museum

Stem cup with cover and holder
Porcelain, gold lid, and silt silver stand
Excavated from the tomb of Prince Zhuang of
Liang, Zhongxiang, 2001
Hubei Provincial Museum
金鍾, 金鍾蓋, 銀鎏金托盤

Dai Jin (1388–1462)
Reading a Scroll under a Pine Tree
15th century
Hanging scroll, gold and ink on silk
Hubei Provincial Museum
戴進 松下讀書圖

Model for acupuncture and moxibustion instruction
16th century
Bronze with gold
Hubei Provincial Museum

Statue of the Celestial Worthy of the Great Unity, Savior from Suffering
15th century
Gilt bronze
Wudang Museum

Inscribed slip (1st year of the Jianwen Reign)
Stone, L. 11. in. (28.5 cm), W. 2⅞ in. (7.2 cm),
H. ⅓ in. (0.8 cm)
Wudang Museum

1 comment:

Yan Hu said...

beautiful and exquisite artifacts!