There were some beautiful pieces in this temporary exhibition, ‘Miles upon miles: World Heritage along the Silk Road’, at the Hong Kong Museum of History. From past experience I’ve noticed that they always provide some fun-looking public programs for kids. This time looks flash but not sure how engaging they actually were. They also have an excellent gift shop with a great book selection!
Visited: 25 January 2018
What’s not particularly well captured in this photograph is the fact that all these kids were actually doing things on their mobile phones not the multimedia on offer. Cute yurt though.
The almost compulsory ‘dress up’ and have a photo taken against a backdrop public program. Only available at certain times of the day.
There were just a few school kids going through at the same time as me.
This progressively showed the paths of the Silk Road. It was a little slow but nice to see some acknowledgement that not just one path.
Loved the action in these figures of trainer and horse. Polychrome painted horse and rider, Tang dynasty, unearthed from Lanjiagou in Luoyang, Henan, Luoyang Museum collection.
Detail in just the right places. Gilt bronze horse, Han dynasty, unearthed from Maoling in Xingping city, Shaanxi, Mao Ling Museum collection.
These camels have rather terrifying teeth. I’ve never met a camel before but they don’t have great reputations! Ceramic camels, mostly from the Tang dynasty (the two small ones at the front are from the Northern Zhou) from a range of collections including: Shaanxi History Museum, Luoyang Museum and Shaanxi Povincial Institute of Archaeology.
Booties with gradated red twill and kesi decoration, Han to Jin dynasty, unearthed from Niya tomb site in Minfeng county, Xinjiang, Xinjiang Archaeological Research Institute.
Twin-headed rooster silk pillow, Eastern Han dynasty, unearthed from Niya tomb site in Minfeng county, Xinjiang, Xinjiang Museum collection.
Can’t believe how long textiles can survive in the right conditions. Gloves stitched together from a patchwork of different silk brocade fabrics, Han to Jin dynasty, Xinjiang Museum collection.
This was so cute and I think close to life size. Gilt bronze silkworm, Han dynasty found in the Qianchi River, Shiquan county, Shaanxi, Shaanxi History Museum Collection.
One magnificent goat. Pure gold mythical beast with eagle’s beak and beast’s head from the branches of its antlers, Warring States period, Shaanxi History Museum collection.