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China: Through the LookIng Glass – A Cultural Conversation

China: Through the LookIng Glass – A Cultural Conversation

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China Through the Looking Glass is a cultural conversation taking place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York in collaboration with The Costume Institute

Marco Polo at the Court of Kublai Khan – Lie and You Die

Marco Polo at the Court of Kublai Khan – Lie and You Die

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The story of Marco Polo is epic in scope and scale and Season 1 of the Netflix ten part television series, with Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco, has had mixed reviews

Golden Age of China – Treasures Ming to Qing at NGV, 2015

Golden Age of China – Treasures Ming to Qing at NGV, 2015

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An exhibition The Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor (r.1736–1795) is coming to the National Gallery of Victoria, NGV International, 27 March – 21 June, 2015

Merchant’s Ring – Adventuring Antiques at AA&ADA Fair

Merchant’s Ring – Adventuring Antiques at AA&ADA Fair

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In Tudor & Stuart times a Merchant’s ring was a significant item of costume reflecting integrity in business and a professional approach to getting the job done

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Giuseppe Castiglione – Painter @ Court of 3 Chinese Emperors

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Painter and Jesuit Priest Giuseppe Castiglione arrived in China in 1715 and passed his life at the Court of Emperors K’ang-hsi, Yung-cheng and Ch’ien-lung

Marco Polo

Marco Polo

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The first stirring of what would become known as the China Trade began when Europe was still emerging from medievalism. Venetian traveller Marco Polo’s ‘Description of the World’ written in 1298 covered a surprisingly large part of it uniquely detailed from reputedly, first hand observation. From the Polar Sea to…

At the Beginnings of Art – Precious Cargoes from Cathay

At the Beginnings of Art – Precious Cargoes from Cathay

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Italian adventurer, Marco Polo, perpetuated the western predilection for exotic goods in the European mind from early in the thirteenth century. He related fascinating stories about visiting a far off luxurious land called Cathay.