REVIEW- Ming: 50 Years That Changed China

A very good blog for exhibitions, very complete!

the Exhibitionologist

CloisonneJarXuande Cloisonné enamel jar and cover with dragons, Xuande mark and period (1426-1435) (© The Trustees of the British Museum)

Six hundred years after it first emerged from a Beijing workshop, the exquisite cloisonné enamel jar looks like it was made yesterday. Bursting with vivid colour, its fine gold lines shimmering in the light, and the beady-eyed dragon almost jumping out of the glass cabinet at you. A truly awesome object, that made such an impression on me, I bought a rather splendid mug based on it in the exhibition gift shop. Just one of the many priceless treasures on display in the British Museum’s latest blockbuster, Ming: 50 Years That Changed China.

Ming porcelain is the stuff of legend, fetching astronomical sums at auctions all around the world to this day, and still regarded as having set something of an artistic benchmark. Getting this close to it for the first time, I started to understand…

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