Catalogue from the exhibition held at University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong from the 13 March 1999 to 11 August 1999.
Exhibition presentation from the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong: The Mengdiexuan Collection is a private collection in Hong Kong. On display were about 250 exquisite and important items of Chinese personal ornaments. The artefacts date from the Shang (1600-1100 B.C.) to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). This was the largest exhibition of ancient Chinese ornaments ever held in Hong Kong. Among the exhibits, about 110 objects were included in a previous travelling exhibition "Adornment for Eternity" which toured the United States a few years ago. Recent additions mainly comprise items from the Liao dynasty (907-1125). This Liao Collection can be broadly categorized into three sections, namely amber carvings, personal ornaments, and horse harness and ornaments, The whole exhibition will be a rich parade of crowns, mirrors, belt hooks, plaques, combs, hairpins, earrings and pendants. They are made of bronze, bone, gold, silver, jade, agate, amber and other semi-precious stones.
Published by University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 1999 | Paperback
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