Lecture
The fascination of nature the hidden meanings of a Chinese handscroll

Thursday 15 November 2018,
13.30–14.30
BP Lecture Theatre
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The Fascination of Nature, dated 1321, by Xie Chufang is one of the most important acquisitions of Chinese paintings by the British Museum in recent years.

At first glance, the painting on silk appears to be a delicate portrayal of insects and plants. Upon closer inspection, however, it reveals the dramatic struggle for survival in the natural world. Scholars of the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368) interpreted this painting as a reflection of the state of Chinese society under Mongol rule. Join British Museum Curator Luk Yu-ping to discover the details and hidden meanings of this fascinating handscroll.


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