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Uncanny Ingenuity and Celestial Feats -- The Carvings of Ming and Qing Dynasties
Uncanny Ingenuity and Celestial Feats -- The Carvings of Ming and Qing Dynasties
  • Dates: Permanent Exhibit 2009/12/01~2014/10/27
  • Gallery: Exhibition Area I 304

Exhibit Info

In the world of artisan-made fine arts and crafts, early fine sculpture pieces already exhibited the use of various carving techniques used for materials such as bamboo, wood, ivory, rhinoceros horn, and fruit pits. As the boundaries of sculpting expanded, under the care and encouragement of not only emperors and scholars, but of the artisans themselves, sculpture in the Ming Dynasty suddenly emerged as an independent art form during the mid-16th century. In the Qing dynasty, during the reigns of the three emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong, the creativity of the artisans in the imperial workshop flourished. Outside the government, innovation and advancement in the art of sculpting was further supported by local literati and merchants. Thus, from the encouragement and patronage of the Chinese people from emperors to commoners, sculptors soon developed a true skill that was continuously developed until their works reached a state of perfection and immortality.

"Uncanny Ingenuity and Celestial Feats -- The Carvings of Ming and Qing Dynasties" will exhibit carvings from wood, bamboo, fruit pit, rhinoceros horns, ivory, and other elegant cultural relics, works of art that are sure to be appreciated for their elegant appearance.
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