Volume 28 – Number 3
'Reflections on Chinese Ornament' - A Symposium at The Denver Art Museum
Vanity of Vanities: Adorning the Body in Life and Death
The Ornamented Belt/Hairpins and Earrings as Signs of Social and Cultural Identity
Early Bronze Mirrors/Gold Wire in Ancient China
The Mengdiexuan Collection: An Interview with Betty Lo and Kenneth Chu
Detail of belt hook
Warring States period, 3rd century BCE
Bronze, silver, gold and turquoise
Mengdiexuan Collection, H-067, 'Adornment for Eternity', cat. no. 26
(Photography by Bill O'Connor)
This issue features a series of articles based on papers delivered at the symposium 'Reflections on Chinese Ornament' at The Denver Art Museum in conjunction with the travelling exhibition of gold, silver and bronze objects from the Mengdiexuan Collection, 'Adornment for Eternity: Status and Rank in Chinese Ornament'. The articles examine the hisotry of personal adornment in China with an emphasis on the social and cultural context of bodily ornament, the hierarchy of precious metals and other materials, and the technical means by which jewellery, hair ornaments and garment accessories were made. An interview with Betty Lo and Kenneth Chu, owners of the Mengdiexuan Collection, is also included.
Emma C. Bunker with technical advice from Richard Kimball and Julie Segraves. Gold Wire in Ancient China Chen Peifen. Early Chinese Bronze Mirrors Hsingyuan Tsao. From Hair to Ear: Head Ornaments Represented in Chinese Art as Signs of Cultural Identity Jenny F. So. The Ornamented Belt in China Patricia Berger. Vanity of Vanities: Adorning the Body in Life and in Death Ronald Y. Otsuka. 'Reflections on Chinese Ornament'
Preview Highlights from The International Asian Art Fair, New York Susan Dewar. Beijing Report: Autumn-Winter 1996 Vanessa Clewes Salmon. Auction Report - Autumn Sales in London Susan Dewar. Exhibition Review: 'The Homecoming of Chen Yifei', Shanghai Museum and The Chinese National Art Gallery, Beijing Clare Lawrence. Exhibition Review: 'Snuff Bottles from China. The J&J Collection', Museum fur Kunsthandwerk Frankfurt am Main, Germany Stacey Pierson. Book Review: Robert D. Mowry, Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers: Chinese Brown- and Black-Glazed Ceramics, 400-1400