ARTIST RESIDENCY CHINA — SHANGHAI, no. 44
The Shanghai Museum is one of several significant institutions within The People’s Park in downtown Shanghai. It contains an insanely sumptuous collection. No material escapes the expressive form and skill displayed by the Chinese and Tibetan people at the highest level of expertise: cloth, bead, wood, jade, gilt-brass, ink, paint, paper, ceramic, stone, bronze. The few samples here do not include items that are difficult to photograph through glass, such as stone seal carvings.
ABOVE: Batik sleeve attachments, Bouyei, Zhenning, Guizhou, 2nd half of the 20th century
costumes of diverse ethnic regions of China
Gilt-brass figurine of Ushnishavijaya, Tibetan, Qing (1644–1911)
Gilt-brass figurine of vajra protector, Tibetan, Qing (1644–1911)
wooden Tujia masks for Nuo opera
Jade ornaments on funerary face covering popular in the Zhou dynasty. The jade pieces were stitched on the funerary face covering cloth, a forerunner of the jade clothes of the Han dynasty.
an artist’s room
Incense stand with five inward-turning legs, Huanghuali Wood, Ming Dynasty (1368–1644)
Sight-seeing of Autumn Mountain, by Wen Boren, (1502–1575), handscroll, Ming dynasty, painted in 1566, detail
Mountains Girdled with White Clouds, Fang Congyi, (ca. 1302–1393), handscroll, Yuan dynasty
stone Buddha carving
Jia (wine vessel), with a row of bead pattern, Late Xia (18th–16th century B.C.)
Drum stand with openwork coiled dragon design, Late Spring and Autumn dynasty (early 6th century–476 B.C.)
Gilt bronze censer with openwork interlaced dragon pattern, Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220)
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