Saddle Up

We spent considerable time viewing the sculpture on display at the Shanghai Museum, especially two colored ceramic works from the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907AD).

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Equestrian, Tang Dynasty

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Lady, Tang Dynasty

We strolled through the Furniture display, and, while it was interesting, it didn’t really appeal to us, but it did clarify for us that we both like Ming better than Qing Dynasty furniture.

The display on the Minority Peoples of China fascinated us.  A huge dotted map of China named and located fifty-five groups.

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Woman’s outfit embroidered with the “bird and flower” motif, Tujia, Songtao, Guizhou, first half of the 20th C

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Hand-braided bamboo hat lined with gauze, Tibetan, Gansu, Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911

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We ambled into the Calligraphy Exhibit expecting to see – to us who have no understanding of this great art – many look-alike scrolls.  The calligraphy displayed surpassed our expectations.

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DSC06889If we hadn’t been in Shanghai for nine days, we might have skipped what turned out to be – for us — a very good museum.   We stood in line for 15 minutes under a very hot sun waiting to get in.  Free?  Good news!  Yet, the real good news is how much we appreciated the fine exhibits.

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September 2013

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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3 Responses to Saddle Up

  1. Kathy Oshaughnessy says:

    Hi Beth and Joe,The works of art you captured are beautiful and diverse. Love your choices.This museum is a gem and the atrium picture is remarkable! Keep well.

  2. gkm2011 says:

    In Kunming they have a theme park of sorts dedicated to all those different minority groups. The diversity is incredible! I hope some of it continues as real life and not just part of a theme park. Glad you enjoyed the museum!

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