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The trove of images from the late 19th and early 20th centuries were found by her family during the vacating of Old Chinatown. Right: The glass plate negative of the same image. Unknown photographer, Young store clerk sitting in front of shops selling poultry and clothing, Old Chinatown, Los Angeles, ca.

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Two historians will discuss an almost year-old Chinese manuscript recently uncovered in the Huntington Library through a free public lecture on Thursday, January 8, p. Library officials said the encyclopedia had been shelved uncatalogued at the Huntington since after it was presented to the institution by the daughter of a missionary who had lived in China. Staff at the time did not recognize the ificance of the work, so they stored it away for later examination. It took the arrival of archivist Yang to bring the true nature of the volume to light. He tentatively identified it as containing two of the sections of the renowned encyclopedia and proceeded to seek the expert advice of Liu Bo, a scholar on staff at the National Library of China.

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The earliest inscribed mirror in the Cotsen collection is from the Western Han dynasty B. Within a de that embodies the cosmic principles of space, time, heaven, and earth, the inscription re:.

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May you enjoy noble status and blessings for a long time; May you have pleasure without incident; May you have delight every day; May you have plentiful wine and food; And may you regularly obtain lordly delights. Volume 1 is a fully illustrated catalog of the collection by Suzanne Cahill; Volume 2 contains essays by several noted historians.

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Today his collection contains thousands of pieces, including substantial assemblages of textiles, basketry, and folk art. No reservations required. Usually cast from clay molds, they were highly polished on one side, offering a reflective surface, while the other side was decorated with intricate patterns and des that reveal an astonishing level of skill and artistry in their craftsmanship.

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Using the Cotsen collection of mirrors as a point of departure, Scott will consider how these wonderful originals were cast, and how some of the later copies betray differences in patina, composition or technological details. Few things provide a clearer picture of an ancient civilization than the study of its material culture: the objects a society created, used, and valued. Silk fabrics of related periods echoed many of the des and patterns seen in Chinese mirrors.

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The exhibition will include nearly 90 highly decorative early bronze mirrors, ranging in date from the Qijia Culture — B. Several related textile fragments will also be displayed. An important collection of ancient Chinese bronze mirrors spanning 3, years will make its first public appearance this fall in an exhibition at The Huntington.

Birds, dragons, and serpents were common motifs in the earliest mirrors. Registration: Lothar von Falkenhausen, scholar of art history and the archaeology of China at University of California, Los Angeles, will speak on the origin and geographic spread of Chinese bronze mirrors.

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For certain scholars of Chinese culture, the broad sweep of history can be found reflected in a particularly beautiful art form: exquisitely crafted mirrors made of bronze. Suzanne Cahill, history professor at University of California, San Diego, will speak on two types of early Chinese material culture, bronze mirrors and silk textiles, drawing examples from the Cotsen collections. Curator Tour: June Li, organizer of the exhibition and curator of the Chinese garden at The Huntington, will lead a tour of the exhibition.

As early as B. Among these coveted pieces were small bronze mirrors.

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As the Silk Road opened up trade routes to and from India, Persia, and Egypt, new aesthetic elements borrowed from the West began to appear in Chinese de. Gallery Guide. Later, more sophisticated and intricate des included mythological figures, deities, animals of the Chinese zodiac, abstract patterns, background textures, inscriptions, enamelwork, and inlays of jade, turquoise, and mother-of-pearl.

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On mirrors as well as textiles, written characters were incorporated directly into the de. What changed? This lecture will explore the cultural transformations China underwent during the late first millennium BC and explain why mirrors rose to prominence.

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These inscriptions were often auspicious phrases, bearing good wishes for the owners. Twisting grapevines, floral motifs, and intricate silver fretwork overlaid on bronze added exotic allure to these symbols of wealth and status.

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In the exquisitely wrought des and inscriptions that decorate the backs of these mirrors, centuries of craftsmanship, aesthetic taste, dynastic change, philosophy, and consumer culture are revealed. Friends Hall.

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