Yanjing Eight Palace Handicrafts
Date: August 9, 2016 - November 9, 2016 Time: 9:00—17:00 (closed on Mondays) Venue: Hall A, B1, Capital Museum

Beijing is also named Yanjing. When it became the capital of the Jurchen ethnicity Jin Empire in 1115, excellent craftsmen from all over the country were summoned to the court. The work of these craftsmen gradually blended different styles and became a series of palace handicrafts named "Beijing Style". Among these, eight crafts - jade carving, ivory carving, cloisonné enamel, carved lacquer, painted and inlaid lacquer, filigree, Beijing embroidery, and imperial carpets were inherited and well developed and praised as "Yanjing Bajue" ("Yanjing Eight Palace Handicrafts").

Although with the changing times and the rise of industrialization, delicate handicrafts were not as much a part of life, these eight exquisite handicrafts reflected the craftsmen's sincerity and artistic hearts. In this exhibition, we travel back and trace how these eight great folk handicrafts combined with imperial aesthetics.




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