17th September, 2019 to 2nd May, 2020

Liang Yi Museum is delighted to present Crowning Glory: The Beauty of Ladies' Ornaments from Asia and Europe, a landmark exhibition exploring the role women’s clothing and accessories played in the social construction of gender and identity from the late imperial era in China and Japan to the early modern period. The compelling selection features over 250 exhibits, including objects of everyday use from traditional Chinese furniture associated with the boudoir, Japanese hair ornaments and silver pieces, to textiles from both cultures, providing an insightful view into the traditional and modern concept of female beauty in the East, and its dilution and evolution upon the introduction of Western notions, morals and ideas.

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Tebako (A Handy Box) Containing Toiletries with Travelling Writing Utensils Japan Edo period (1603–1868) Maki-e lacquer on wood Dimensions vary Liang Yi Museum Collection

Embroidered Pouches China 19th to 20th century Dimensions vary ©On loan from The Chris Hall Textile Collection

Combs Japan 19th to 20th century Dimensions vary Liang Yi Museum Collection

A Victorian Silver-Mounted Lady's Travelling Dressing-Table Set England Maker: Thomas Whitehouse 1862 Glass and silver Dimensions vary Liang Yi Museum Collection

Lady’s Jacket China Mid-19th century Width 99 x Length 119cm ©On loan from The Chris Hall Textile Collection

Cosmetics Case with Folding Mirror Stand China 19th century Zitan and brass Height 39 x Width 13 x Length 28cm Liang Yi Museum Collection

Canopy Bed China 18th century Huanghuali Height 227 x Width 221 x Length 157cm Liang Yi Museum Collection

Nécessaire Maker: Cartier c. 1920 Ivory, white gold, enamel and coral Height 2.8 x Width 9.4 x Length 4.5cm Liang Yi Museum Collection

Washbasin Stand with Towel Rack China 18th century Huanghuali Height 206 x Width 66 x Length 62cm Liang Yi Museum Collection

Compact Maker: Van Cleef & Arpels c. 1925 Gold, diamond, lacquer and enamel Height 1.55 x Width 9.2 x Length 6.15 cm Liang Yi Museum Collection

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