Ming: 50 Years that Changed China

Things to do

Antiquities

British Museum

Until Mon Jan 5

  • Cloisonné enamel jar and cover with dragons. Metal with cloisonné enamels, Xuande mark and period (1426-1435), Beijing. © The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Purchase--Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program, and partial gift of Richard G. Pritzlaff, S1991.77

  • Sword and scabbard with inscription. Iron, gold, silver, wood and leather. Yongle era about 1420, Beijing. © Royal Armouries

  • Paper money. Ink on paper. Issued in 1375. British Museum, donated by Emily Georgina Hingley. © The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Handscroll, ink and colours on silk. Xuande period, 1426–1435. Anonymous. © The Palace Museum, Beijing

  • Crown. Leather, woven bamboo, lacquer and semiprecious stones. c. 1380. Image courtesy of Shandong Museum

  • Ming prince’s ‘dragon robe’. Silk, c. 1389. Excavated from the tomb of Zhu Tan (1370-1389), Prince Huang of Lu at Yanzhou, Shandong province. © Shandong Museum

  • Carved red lacquer on wood core, Yongle mark and period 1403-24, South China. Diameter 34.8 cm © The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Porcelain bottle with underglaze cobalt blue decoration. Yongle era, 1403-1424. Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. © The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Head ornament. Gold. About 1400–50. Nanjing or Beijing. © Trustees of the British Museum

  • Anonymous, ‘Tribute giraffe with attendant’. Hanging scroll, ink and colours on silk. Dated 1414. Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Cloisonné enamel jar and cover with dragons. Metal with cloisonné enamels, Xuande mark and period (1426-1435), Beijing. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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Dave A

I like the British Museum. But I didn't expect to pay such a high price of £16.50 per person to see an exhibit. So I didn't go in. 

Victoria A

I love visiting the British Museum. It is bid and plenty to see. Very educational. I have visited it several times. I enjoyed the guided tour at the Chinese art section. The guide was funny, informative and interesting.