Bronze mirrors: reflections of China

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#TakeOverDay

Kids in Museums is a national campaign to encourage more activities for and by children and young people to take place in Museums settings. An annual event takes place in November for organisations such as Art galleries, Museums and Heritage sites to be taken over by children and young people. This year Compton Verney worked with Stratford Upon Avon school and Campion school. Sixth form students from each school joined us on Tuesday 25 November. Ed who studies Art, Drama and Graphic Design was interested in the role of Front of House. He selected an artwork in our collection that he loved and bases a short talk about this piece. At 2:30pm he would present his findings to members of the public and ask for their response to the painting. A member of the audience asked if the artist is featured in the picture, another person asked why there were blisters on the painting. Ed responded in a very confident and positive manner. Watch the short clip on facebook to see how he got on. https://www.facebook.com/comptonverney Ed is interested in studying Product Design but our Front of House Manager was happy to give him a gallery job right there and […]

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The latest from the Chinese Collection

28 February was a banner day for the Chinese collection at Compton Verney. VISIT BY DR XU TIANJIN First, we had a visit from one of China’s foremost archaeologists. Dr. Xu Tianjin (徐天进), Director of the Center for the Study of Chinese Archaeology at Peking University, led a group in examining Compton Verney’s bronzes. Dr Xu was able to get a close look at a number of the outstanding pieces in the collection, such as the owl-faced fangjia. It was especially interesting to hear his views on how such finely detailed casting had been carried out in the 11th -12th century BC. Many of the excavations Dr Xu has led have taken place in China’s ‘Northwest’, homeland of the Western Zhou dynasty, and later, the famous Terracotta Army. A number of the pieces examined by Dr Xu had a connection to the Northwest or the Western Zhou. Here, Dr Xu is transcribing the inscription on the Western Zhou Teng Hu gui. He was particularly interested in the dramatic wine container, called a you. Vessels in this style are strongly associated with the Western Zhou, but Dr Xu thinks this vessel was cast in central China and then taken back to […]

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