Asian Art Museum new exhibition Tomb Treasures #2 : Dancer Figurine and Comment by Yuan Yuan Tan, #TombPleasures

Dancer Figurine

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This is my second post on the Asian Art Museum new exhibition.  This exhibition includes a creative approach which I personally appreciate very much.  It is the “Tomb Pleasures” self-guided tour with contemporary experts.

http://www.asianart.org/regular/tomb-pleasures

Ten contemporary experts commented on ten highlights of the exhibits.  I particularly like the comment on the Dancer Figurine by Yuan Yuan Tan, Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet.  She is my favorite ballerina in San Francisco Ballet.  I am very impressed not only by her performance in SF Ballet but also her comments on this exhibit.   Below is the picture I took in the gallery.  It includes the comments from Yuan Yuan Tan on the Dancer Figurine.  She said: “Certainly as long as any other form of human expression, dance is in our very nature to express ourselves and our desire to be understood.  It is a window into another’s soul.  Through the movements and expressions of dancers, we catch a glimpse of their inner monologue:  the joys, agonies, triumphs, and failures that are part of the universal human experience.”

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The female dancer figurine shows a very dynamic posture of the “flying swallow” dance.  It is very bold in its design 2200 years ago!  My reader Adelaide commented on my previous post that she found the dancer figurine very modern.  It is really eye-opening for us.   Apart from this figurine there is an ensemble of dancers in the gallery.  I took a few of these photos and created a short video on Magisto.  I am posting these photos and the video here which is also posted on YouTube.  Enjoy!

 

 

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco — Tomb Treasures, New Discoveries from the Han Dynasty

 

Last week, I visited Asian Art Museum of San Francisco with family and friends, to see this interesting exhibition.  My friends are all world travelers.  Visiting the Museum is one of the best travel programs for them.  In order to share with my friends and readers who may be interested to see this exhibition in future, I took many photos.  The museum allows photo taking without flash.  I am so thankful!

The exhibits include 100 objects which are new discoveries from the tombs of two kingdoms in the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 BCE).  The exhibition is a collaboration of Asian Art Museum of  San Francisco and Nanjing Museum of China. There are lots of interesting information included in the gallery captions, the docent tours, as well as the exhibition catalog.  Apart from appreciating the beautiful artworks made two thousand and two hundred years ago in ancient China, I am thrilled that these objects also give us a glimpse of the way of life of the elites in the Chinese society.

I am particularly interested in the figurines of dancers and musicians.  The dancers wear long sleeves garments and show big movements that stimulate our imagination how the dances were appreciated at that time.  The bell set gives us some idea about the musical performance for the elite.  Many visitors may also be in awe seeing the jade suit and the jade coffin of the elite.

As inscribed on the artworks in the Tomb Treasures:  “Everlasting happiness without end” is probably the theme which may evoke visitors’ emotions.

I hope you will visit this exhibition which will end in May this year.  If I have time, I will study a little bit more some of those objects and share the information with you.  Meanwhile, I hope you will like these pictures shown in the gallery and slide show.  Just click any picture and you will see the photos shown in carousel.  Enjoy!

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