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Exhibition: Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies

Location

British Museum,

Great Russell Street, London,
WC1B 3DG

Dates

This exhibition CLOSED on Wed, 15th Nov 2023

This exhibition has finished.

Cost: Free of Charge

Description

This masterpiece is considered a milestone in Chinese painting history.

Traditionally attributed to Gu Kaizhi (about AD 345–406), it probably dates to between AD 400 and 700. Due to conservation precautions, it can only be displayed for six weeks a year.

The Admonitions Scroll depicts a poetic text composed by an official Zhang Hua (about AD 232–300) aimed at correcting the behaviour of an empress. The Scroll carries inscriptions by later collectors including the Qianlong emperor (r. 1736–1795). The British Museum purchased the Scroll from Captain Clarence Johnson (1870–1937) who was in Beijing in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion (1899–1901). Originally a handscroll, the painting and later inscriptions were separated and mounted onto panels in 1914.

Also on display are two paintings by the modern artist Zhang Daqian (1899–1983) – Figure, Rock, and Bamboo and Landscape. Both paintings show the continued exploration of the brush-and-ink tradition during the twentieth century.


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Location

British Museum,

Great Russell Street, London,
WC1B 3DG

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