Ming dynasty exhibition at British Museum

Date Posted: 02/05/2014

Ming: 50 years that changed China will run at the London venue in its Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery from 18th September to 4th January.

Striking and rare artefacts, loaned to the British Museum, will tell the story of a critical period in Chinese history (1400–1450) when the country became a global superpower.

Loans will be coming from ten Chinese institutions and 21 international lenders.

Featuring new research and discoveries

The exhibition will feature a range of objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles – from museums across China and the rest of the world. Many of them have only been very recently discovered and have never been seen outside China.

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum said: "The political, social and cultural changes to China during the first half of the 15th century make this a remarkable story which is only now being fully understood.

New discoveries and research have led to a new perspective on this significant period that moves away from a Euro-centric view of China’s history."

For further school trip information or to book tickets contact:

020-7323 8181

Pictured: S1991.77: Portrait of Yang Hong (1381-1451). Ming dynasty. (Photo credit: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Purchase--Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and partial gift of Richard G. Pritzlaff, S1991.7).

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