Shanxi, known as the “hometown of Chinese traditional opera”, is one of the places where this form originated, and boasts opera antiques of various kinds. Since the 10th century (under the Song Dynasty), especially during the Jin and Yuan Dynasties, opera flourished here in a prosperous economy, as did culture in general. In recent years, large quantities of brick carvings, a traditional folk art in architecture and funerary decorations, were excavated from the land. From these classic folk treasures, it can be inferred that the ancient Shanxi people were fond of, and even obsessed with, opera.
This exhibition displays over 90 groups of exquisite brick carvings of the Song and Jin Dynasties excavated from Shanxi. These antiques were finely and delicately engraved and depicted everyday activities—folk shows (called Shehuo in Chinese), dance accompanied by music, opera performances, and stories about dutiful sons. The evolution of opera art is thereby unveiled, from its emergence and transformations to maturity.
Graded Objects: 86 Pieces(Set)
Availability: 01 May 2016--01 Jul 2016