Sunday, 20 September 2020

A Commanding Vision of Qing Dynasty Power (Chinese History)


It's no secret that the court robes made for Chinese emperors were extravagant and expansively decorated. However, given their exposure to the West, I'm not surprised that certain works produced during the Qing Dynasty mirrored that of Western court painters such as Guiseppe Castiglione from Italy.

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Informative Video about Ming Blue and White Porcelain by The British Museum (Ming Dynasty)


Just thought I'd share this great introductory video of Ming dynasty porcelain by Jessica Harrison-Hall from the British Museum - namely from the Hongwu Period, Yongle Period, mid 15th Century and the export market.


Sunday, 6 September 2020

A Large and Extremely Rare Cloisonne Jar Made for Xuande Emperor (Ming Dynasty)


Check out this large, and extremely rare Cloisonne jar made for Xuande emperor of the Ming Dynasty! Apparently, it's one of only two in the world and represents the finest craftsmanship for objects made for the imperial court.

Sunday, 30 August 2020

What are Song Ceramics? (Chinese History)


Good introduction to ceramics from the Song Dynasty by Robert D. Mowry, Senior Consultant at Christie’s in New York. Enjoy!

Sunday, 23 August 2020

How The Chinese Civilization Began (Shang and Zhou Dynasties)

 Just thought I'd share this short, informative documentary about the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. My key takeaways:

1. The Shang dynasty built the oldest nation state in Asia.
2. It left behind a fully formed writing sysytem (aka oracle bone inscription).
3. The Western Zhou dynasty (1046BC - 771BC) ruled from twin capital cities of Feng Hao.
4. The capital was moved to Luo Yang during the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, which was split into the Spring & Autumn Period and Warring States Period.
5. Despite violence and chaos, it was also an age of profound philosophical thought - namely Taoism, Confucianism, Legalism and The Art of War.
6. All Warring states were unified by China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, in 221BC under the Qin Dynasty.

Sunday, 16 August 2020

A Huge, Magnificent Wooden Guan Yin Statue Holding a Ruyi Scepter.


Wooden Guan Yin

                   A huge, magnificent wooden Guan Yin statue holding a Ruyi scepter. 

                                                             Height: 60cm

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How The Tang Dynasty Successfully Dominated East and Central Asia (Chinese History)


Short, insightful documentary on how the TangDynasty managed to dominate East and Central Asia! My key takeaways:

1. The Silk Road (named after the silk in China) was key in linking China to Central Asia, Middle East, Europe and North Africa. 

2. Tang artisans were responsible for developing the art of porcelain finishing. 

3. Porcelain became a Chinese brand.

4. Quote by Emperor Taizong - People are like water and the ruler is like a boat. The boat may float easily or may be submerged by water.