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11th July – 28th August, 2018

In the largest exhibition ever devoted to the field of scholarly objects, Wenfang: A Treasure Trove of Ming and Qing Scholarly Objects features over 200 scholarly objects from the scholar's studio and classical Chinese furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties, some never displayed in public before. 


These scholarly objects – both functional and inspirational, reflect the traditions and values of the literati. Curated in six main sections, the exhibition features scholarly objects from brush pots and scroll pots to incense tools and game accessories. Ming and Qing scholars were the tastemakers of their time and their studios a reflection of their refined aesthetics; and the primary aim of the exhibition is to explore the different aspects of a scholar's daily life as a whole and to enable visitors, researchers and historians to visualise the lives these scholars would have led in their natural habitat, their studios or wenfang.

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Carved Lacquer Brush Washer China Late Ming dynasty (1620-1644) Lacquer Height 5 x Diameter 11cm Liang Yi Museum collection

Huanghuali Brush Pot with Inlaid Decoration China 18th century Huanghuali and mother-of-pearl Height 20.8 x Diameter 20.8cm Liang Yi Museum collection

A Pair of Zitan Chests with Dragon and Phoenix Carving China Qing dynasty (Qianlong period 1735-1796) Zitan Height 28 x Width 48.5 x Length 24cm Liang Yi Museum collection

Case with Inlaid Decoration China 19th century Zitan and mother-of-pearl Height 14.8 x Width 14.7 x Length 14.3cm Liang Yi Museum collection

Kang Table with Inlaid Decoration Northern China 17th century Huanghuali Height 29 x Width 95 x Length 62.5cm Liang Yi Museum collection

Huanghuali and Brass Balance Stand China Qing dynasty (1644-1912) Huanghuali and brass Height 77 x Width 60.5 x Length 21cm Liang Yi Museum collection

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