The An­cient Pure Pearl in Dy­namic Down­town


Special Focus - - Contents - Hong­shao Xiao­gu­ni­ang红烧小姑娘

Each city has its own pe­cu­liar tem­per­a­ment. For ex­am­ple, i n the streets of Wuhan, you can of­ten wit­ness a swarm­ing down­town area with a sleepy lane nes­tled in be­tween out­crop­pings of su­per­talls; the fresh-faced busi­ness peo­ple dressed in busi­ness suits and leather shoes hur­ry­ing about their busi­ness are cou­pled with grey- haired res­i­dents fu­ri­ously en­gaged in leisurely gossip. Wuhan is de­vel­op­ing and trans­form­ing it­self rapidly in a con­flict­ing state of lan­guid ra­pid­ity. Where com­mand­ing com­merce meets def­er­en­tial art, a gallery pro­vides a tran­quil oasis amid the clam­orous Op­tics Val­ley.

Lo­cated near a large shop­ping mall, the Hangu Art Gallery has dis­tin­guished it­self in its iso­la­tion from the sur­round­ing com­mer­cial ca­coph­ony. It neigh­bors a cinema, and sits op­po­site a bank. The an­cient china, scripts and paint­ings rest peace­fully in the mu­seum, re­flect­ing the vi­cis­si­tudes of China’s his­tory of 5,000 years.

It is the first folk art mu­seum es­tab­lished in the Op­tics Val­ley Busi­ness Cir­cle of Wuhan.

Gilt Bronze Fan with In­laid Mul­tiJewels, Qing Dy­nasty

A palm-sized ex­quis­ite and el­e­gantly crafted piece of jew­elry that no woman can re­sist. Be­sides the use of tra­di­tional open­work, re­lief carving and in­lay craft to the fan body, an indigo dot­ting tech­nique was also ap­plied. First, a small metal trowel was used to fill a nar­row gap with finely ground glaze, then it was fired at 800℃ , bring­ing out the bril­liant sur­face col­ors.

Gold Wire Gan­o­derma Lu­cidum Ruyi, Qing Dy­nasty

Pe­rus­ing the gallery, you will likely find your­self stop­ping to ad­mire this an­cient, lux­u­ri­ous jewel called Ruyi, and be un­able to break from its be­witch­ing beauty . This is truly a trea­sure of the Nio­huru Hala clan.

Fili­gree i nlay­ing was a tech­nique em­ployed by the an­cient im­pe­rial crafts­men to make jew­elry for the em­peror’s con­cu­bines. The gold is stretched into gold threads and then wo­ven into the piece. When in­lay work is per­formed, it is nec­es­sary to ham­mer the gold sheet and then in­sert the gems.

Though I am a self- pro­claimed dab­bler in art, I al­ways feel that no one can re­sist the temp­ta­tion of vis­it­ing the Art Mu­seum. It’s not ex­pected that we be ed­i­fied


Gilt Bronze Fan with In­laid Multi-Jew­els, Qing Dy­nasty

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