Thursday, May 7, 2009

Shanhaiguan Museum details

The museum was laid out in a number of courtyards, flanked by houses with ornate bedchambers. The modern museum seemed to preserve many of the internal details (and here, I suspect, the Western-style concept of authenticity was being at least somewhat observed). But related materials had been collected in certain of the houses, to show the metal-working of the day, or the wood-carving, or the pottery. It was beautiful.

Notice the inlaid ivory in this piece of woodwork, over one son's bed. I haven't a clue how you embed ivory in wood like that — and I'm sure that, however it was done hundreds of years ago, it's illegal now.

Here is some gorgeous woodwork, at first at something of a distance...

Then somewhat closer-up. 

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