Traditional artworks from S China's Fujian on display in Beijing
Web Editor:國際日報 International Daily News
The National Museum of China (NMC) in Beijing hosted a special exhibition Sunday with a precious cluster of traditional artworks from south China's Fujian Province, offering visitors a glimpse into the history and culture of Fujian, the starting point of the ancient maritime silk road.
The two-month exhibition features more than 200 pieces of fine artworks including the wooden and stone carvings, as well as porcelains. Though some of the exhibits are about themes of daily lives, they all bring the visitors a feeling of elegance.
The Chinese white porcelains on display, especially the statues with exquisite and shiny enamel, are ethereally elegant. These porcelains were made at Dehua in the Fujian, and they are better known in the West as the Blanc de Chine, which is French for "White from China".
The type of porcelain has been produced from the Ming Dynasty and its manufacturing technique reached supreme stage during Ming and Qing dynasties. Large quantities arrived in Europe via the maritime silk road in the early 18th century, becoming the favorites of noble families.
"The artworks have very prominent features of this region and they reflect Fujian's artistic inclusiveness. Their materials and techniques may vary, their style may be exquisite or simple, they all embody the same element-elegance, " said Liu Wanming, deputy curator of the museum.
In addition, the wood, bamboo and stone carvings on display all present regional characteristics of Fujian and the visitors are amazed by their superb techniques.
One of the largest museums in the world, the NMC is home to 1.4 million-plus antique items and artworks.
The NMC has recently signed a cooperation agreement with the Central Institute of Socialism to promote fine traditional Chinese culture and protect the cultural legacies better.