Ming Exhibition, British Museum

This film demonstrates how AHRC-funded research underpinned a major exhibition exploring a golden age in China’s history. Click on the thumbnail on the left to see a short version of the film. The exhibition explores the years 1400 – 1450, a pivotal 50 year period that transformed China during the rule of the Ming dynasty. […]

The exhibition featuered 21 international lenders including 10 Chinese institutions.

The exhibition featured 21 international lenders including 10 Chinese institutions.

This film demonstrates how AHRC-funded research underpinned a major exhibition exploring a golden age in China’s history. Click on the thumbnail on the left to see a short version of the film.

The exhibition explores the years 1400 – 1450, a pivotal 50 year period that transformed China during the rule of the Ming dynasty.

Some of the objects are more than 3000 years old

Some of the objects are more than 600 years old

We hear from the exhibition’s co-curators Jessica Harrison-Hall, British Museum and Professor Craig Clunas, University of Oxford who lead through the exhibition room at a time demonstrating some the finest and most historically important objects ever made in China.

The exhibition features a range of these spectacular objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles.

Many of the objects have only very recently been discovered and have never before been seen outside China.

Many of the objects have only very recently been discovered and have never before been seen outside China.

The carefully selected objects in this exhibition shed new light on this important part of world history that is little known in Europe. China’s internal transformation and connections with the rest of the world led to a flourishing of creativity from what was, at the time, the only global superpower.