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Exhibition of Chinese Art

Nature volume 143, page 553 (01 April 1939) | Download Citation

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AN exhibition has been arranged in the North Court of the Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, which illustrates comprehensively thewhole range of Chinese art from the prehistoric period at about 3000 B.C. down to modern tunes. With the exception of a small series to be seen in the Department of Ceramics, this exhibition includes all the objects of Chinese art of all kinds now in the possession of the Museum. It includes the Museum's share of the Eumorfopoulos collection, which provides some of the most striking and widely known exhibits. The arrangement of the exhibition is chronological and cultural. Each exhibit is grouped with others, whatever their character or material, whether of jade, textile, painting or pottery, provided they belong to the same period and are of the same cultural origin. The first and earliest exhibit is a neolithic pot of about 3000 B.C. A special feature of the exhibition is the important collection of ritual bronzes, which has been provided with special case-labels incorporating small photographs, illustrating the main features of style. A collection of Buddhist sculpture of the fifth and sixth century A.D. is on loan from Baron von der Heydt. Especially noteworthy are two wooden sculptures, one a figure of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy,dating from the twelfth century, and a statue of a seated man, belongingto the fifteenth century. The exhibition is to be permanently on view.

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