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Divine Power—The Dragon in Chinese Art

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To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, the Art Museum of CUHK and the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong will jointly organize an exhibition, featuring the dragon as its central theme, from 11 February to October 2012 at Gallery II and III, Art Museum.

The Chinese title of the exhibition, ‘yunxing yushi’ is quoted from Yijing or Book of Changes. It means to bestow prosperity broadly. The exhibition will contain a wide variety of dragon images. The image of the dragon is first seen on jade and bronze objects of the Neolithic period and Bronze Age. From the Tang (618–907) to the Qing (1644–1911) dynasties, dragons were a symbol of imperial authority being used on decrees and the regulation system as well as the emperor’s emblem. It is also considered an auspicious creature.

The exhibition will feature almost 200 exhibits dating from the Neolithic period to the 20th century, including ceramics, bronzes, gold and silver wares, jade, glass, lacquer ware, paintings and textiles, etc.

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