Celebrate Chinese New Year with a visit to the brand new Exploring East Asia Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland. One of three new galleries opening on 8 February 2019, this gallery will present a unique perspective on China, Japan and Korea, enabling visitors to explore and contrast the diverse traditions, peoples and histories of these three fascinating and dynamic cultures.
National Museums Scotland’s Chinese, Japanese, and Korean collections are among the most important collections in the UK and reflect over a century and a half of continuous collecting of fine and decorative arts, archaeology and textiles. Objects range in age from Chinese oracle bones dating from 1,100 BC – National Museums Scotland has the largest and most significant collection in Europe – to contemporary pieces, including works newly commissioned for the gallery from East Asian artists.
Helping to tell the story of this remarkable nation, highlights of the Chinese display include a spectacular lacquer rice measure from the imperial court of the Ming dynasty, a 3000-year-old ritual food vessel (gui) of bronze, decorated with stylised animal masks and dragon-shaped handles, rare examples of military costume, a porcelain punchbowl made for export in 1747 depicting the Duke of Cumberland and the Battle of Culloden, and examples of lacquer, textile and porcelain from the Cultural Revolution.