SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Ceramic Waist Drums + Gu Embroidery of the Ming Dynasty

Ms Ye Qian (Shanghai Museum) + Ms Bao Yanli (Shanghai Museum)

Date: 29 October 2010Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 29 October 2010Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Seminar

Bao Yanli, Shanghai Museum
顧繡 Gu Embroidery of the Ming Dynasty

Gu embroidery, originated in Shanghai during the Mind dynasty, is a type of textile that bears pictorial designs and has close connections to paintings and calligraphy.  Due to its artistic nature, Gu embroidery became fashionable and was highly praised by Mind literati.  Substituting brushes for needles, artisans were able to create works that appear to resemble paintings and calligraphies but contain a three-dimensional quality.  The artistic features of the works elevated the status of embroidery in general and inaugurated the genre of pictorial embroidery, which made a profound influence on various later schools of embroideries.

Ye Qian, Shanghai Museum
陶瓷腰鼓 Ceramic Waist Drums

The foundation of Chinese civilization is built on rituals and music.  And musical instruments are the physical conveyers of music.  There are many kinds of musical instruments in China.  Classical texts classify musical instruments into eight different types according to their materials: metals, stones, strings, bamboo, gourds, ceramics, leather and wood.  If classified according to their ways of producing sounds, musical instruments could also be categorised into strings, wind and percussion.  All these types of musical instruments have been discovered from archaeological sites.  They provide rich sources to the studies of the history of music as well as the culture of rituals and music.  The presentation will provide a general introduction to ceramic waist drums with a focus on porcelain waist drums, the naming of the drums and their production places.

Organiser: Lukas Nickel

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