The Newsletter 59 Spring 2012

China of bronze and gold: The Dong Bo Zhai collection

Monique Crick

The remarkable Dong Bo Zhai Collection, brought together by a Chinese business man from Hong Kong, covers three emblematic fields of the Chinese cultural heritage. Discussed here are the important archaic bronzes reflecting the evolution of these remarkable sumptuary vessels, from the Shang (circa 1550-1050 BC) to the Han dynasty (206 BC-221 AD), and an ensemble of worked gold presenting a panorama of imperial wares and gold jewellery from the 13th to the 18th century. The collection also includes a white marble statue of the Buddha, which still bears traces of coloured paint, exemplifying the heights achieved in Buddhist sculpture in the 6th century.

The Dong Bo Zhai Collection
Loan exhibition at the Baur Foundation, Geneva
Until 1 April 2012

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