Here are some of the artefacts from the British Museum that we have been investigating in our lessons. Here is some information and questions about them too.
What did you find interesting about them? What did you learn?
- This is model of a statue formthe Tang Dynasty. What is the statue supposed to be? What were the dates of the Tang Dynasty?
- It was probably designed to be placed outside a large mansion? What do you think the household might want the statue to do?
- Why do you think Chinese Dragons are associated with water; particularly rivers and lakes? Think of the movements of this dragon.
- Laquer is a Chinese discorvery that goes back at least 6,000 years. It was made usingthe sap from the Laquer tree. Although toxic, once the sap has been heated and air dried it becomes a harmless varnish that is water proof and heat resistant.
- What do you think think this varnish was used for?
- By the Song Dynasty (whe was this?) layers were being used to produce relief decoration. What does this mean?
- What does the decoration in this vase show?
- This vase dates from the late 19th Century. What dynasty is this?
Brush Rack and brushes
- Chinese paintings and calligraphy are created using many different variations of a standard type of animal-hair brush. Why do you think the sozes ofhte brushes bary? Do you notice any other differences between the brushes.
- The most common animal hair was goat hair and wolf hair. How do you think you can tell which of the brushes were made from which type of hair?
- Each difference Chinese script requires a difference brush. Can you explain why this might be?
- Why do you think that the storage of the brushes were important?