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The elaborate decoration of lacquerware requires intensive labour to produce. Carved lacquer is the purest form of lacquer art and a uniquely Chinese achievement in lacquer art. The decoration to the lacquerware is carved on built-up layers of thinly…

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Chinese ceramic ware is an art form that has been developing for thousands of years and prospered in various forms. Prior to the seventh century, monochrome wares dominated the ceramic production and favoured by the aristocracy class. It is not until…

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Pair of embroidered Chinese shoes, wooden heel

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Elaborate beaded headdress

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Small rounded slit drum with handle on top. Abstractly shaped to represent a "fish head" (used to accompany Buddhist chant). Slit across flattened base - hollowed out slightly to resonate when struck with accompanying beater. Painted red and gold…

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Body made from wooden cylinder (large bamboo rods) with wooden panels on front and back - back panel has 5 decorative pierced holes. Neck is made from cylindrical piece of wood - becomes squared at pegs - 2 pegs protruding from back of peg box.…

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Circular wooden body wtih short neck and four hexagonal wooden pegs. Strings missing. Ten raised wooden frets on neck and body (2 missing). Simple wood work with no decoration . "Strings in pairs at the 5th". Slight scroll on peg box and darker…

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Rectangular shaped wooden zither (with dark stained lacquer). Circular hole in resonator. Three copper strings stretched over concealed 'finger' board with 23 metal frets. 23 keys (with English numerals). Resonator and exposed strings (for…

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Small oval body (flat back and front) with long narrow hardwood neck. Body covered with python snakeskin on front and back with wooden veneer sides, 3 hexagonal tapered pegs. Peg box with scroll (bone string separator). No existent strings. No…

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Royal blue embossed silk Chinese jacket with pink and gold silk braid and silk embroidery on black silk. Silk lining. Centre front opening with four gold-coloured metal buttons. The excellent condition of this garment suggests it may never have been…
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