Ming Dynasty

British Museum – Ming: 50 Years Changing China and the World

British Museum – Ming: 50 Years Changing China and the World

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Ming: 50 Years that Changed China is an important exhibition at the British Museum starting 18th September, 2014, with scholars exploring the period 1400 – 1450

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Chinese Ceramics, Pt 1 – Knowledge Comes from Seeing Much

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Chinese ceramics became known to the wider world from the Tang Dynasty (618- 907) onward; the word ‘China’ eventually becoming the generic name for porcelain

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Chinese Snuff Containers – Collections Not to Be Sneezed At

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For a long time snuff was taken from containers by the wealthy and elite in Europe in salons in which polite conversation was punctuated by a sound of sneezing

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A Chinese Garden – The Rhythm of Nature Refreshing the Heart

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In China a garden is where all the arts come together. A Chinese garden is a microcosm of the macrocosm a small complete expression of the vastness of nature

Chinese Ming Porcelains

Chinese Ming Porcelains

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Chinese history seems a little obscure to people in the west, however its art and trade wares have attracted a great fascination, particularly since Roman times. Arabian writers speak of fleets of large Chinese junks in the Persian Gulf as early as the ninth century. Her reputation for being inscrutable…

Ming Magic

Ming Magic

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A description of the manufacture of porcelain in 1713 by French Jesuit priest Father D’Entrecolles, a resident in Peking, relates the firing of blue and white porcelain ‘A beautiful blue colour appears on the porcelain after having been lost for some time. When the colour is first painted on, it…