Adornment for the Body and Soul: Ancient Chinese Ornaments from the Mengdiexuan Collection

Bunker, Emma C.; White, Julia M.; So., Jenny F

Catalogue from the exhibition held at University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong from the 13 March 1999 to 11 August 1999.; Exhibition presentation from the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong: The Mengdiexuan Collection is a private collection in Hong Kong.

On display were about 250 exquisite and important items of Chinese personal ornaments. The artefacts date from the Shang (1600-1100 B.C.) to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). This was the largest exhibition of ancient Chinese ornaments ever held in Hong Kong. Among the exhibits, about 110 objects were included in a previous travelling exhibition "Adornment for Eternity" which toured the United States a few years ago. Recent additions mainly comprise items from the Liao dynasty (907-1125). This Liao Collection can be broadly categorized into three sections, namely amber carvings, personal ornaments, and horse harness and ornaments, The whole exhibition will be a rich parade of crowns, mirrors, belt hooks, plaques, combs, hairpins, earrings and pendants. They are made of bronze, bone, gold, silver, jade, agate, amber and other semi-precious stones.

Published by University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1999 | Paperback

  • Language: English and Chinese
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 962803815X
  • 23 x 30.5 cm
  • 327 pages
  • Book Condition: Signs of wear on the exterior. Edgewear. Minor signs of wear on the interior.
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