The Ming and Qing Dynasties, which lasted for 540 years, were critical periods for the political, economic and cultural development of Guangdong. Its handicrafts flourished during the former dynasty, fully blossomed in the middle of the latter, and started to transform and decline thereafter. Wood, stone and brick carvings and other decorative crafts in architecture were improved as a result of the prosperity of the commodity economy during the Ming Dynasty, the rise of village fairs and towns, and the upsurge in building and construction. Domestic consumption led to the transformation of many articles of utility to artworks, such as Duanxi ink slabs and porcelains. The handicrafts of export ceramics and silk weaving improved as sea trade thrived. Imported western crafts accelerated the creation of a number of new technologies, including champleve enamel wares, clocks and glass wares, as well as porcelains and silver wares exclusively intended for export. After the Opium War, traditional Guangdong crafts, chiefly handicrafts, were gradually replaced by modern skills, impacted by overseas trade, foreign culture and modern machine industry.
Visitors to this exhibition can see some 100 items selected by Guangdong Museum, including porcelains, Duanxi ink slabs, Guangdong carvings, Guangdong enamel wares, embroidery and furniture. Their great variety and the exquisite skill they embody both demonstrate the splendor of Guangdong crafts during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Graded Objects: 100 Pieces(Set)
Availability: 20 Jun 2016--21 Jul 2017