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Durham University, Visitor Attractions Durham University offers a host of unique Attractions, from museums to the Botanic Garden, a wide variety of performances and exhibitions to see, and extensive programme of public lectures to attend.
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Pushing paper exhibition This drawing by Pablo Bronstein is an uncomfortable reminder of the legacy of Britain’s recent ...
29/04/2020

Pushing paper exhibition
This drawing by Pablo Bronstein is an uncomfortable reminder of the legacy of Britain’s recent colonial past. The large face shows Greenwich Mean Time domineering over faces representing Britain’s former colonies.

Pablo Bronstein (b. 1977), Greenwich Pendulum Mantel Clock,
2018, ink and watercolour
© The Trustees of the British Museum
Reproduced by permission of the artist

#PushingPaper #TimeAndMemory @BritishMuseum #watercolour #watercolourart #art #ArtCanHelp #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Oriental Museum from home highlightThe Minangkabau are an ethnic minority native to the highlands of West Sumatra. They ...
28/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight
The Minangkabau are an ethnic minority native to the highlands of West Sumatra. They are devout Muslims but combine this with traditional Malay-style matrilineal society. This large model is a rumah gadang (great house) which was the women’s house. Married Minangkabau men ate and worked with their mothers and sisters but slept in their wife’s family house. Upon her marriage a girl was allocated a room in the great house. If space ran out, extra rooms were added, leading to the many roofs shown on the model.

#minangkabau #matrilineal #sumatra #indonesia #southeastasia #indonesianart #indonesiancraft #indonesianculture #metalwork #housemodel #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Oriental Museum Durham University
27/04/2020

Oriental Museum Durham University

Pushing Paper exhibition
#PushingPaper artist Minjung Kim created 'Mountain' on traditional Korean ‘hanji’ paper. While the image was inspired by the mountains of southern Italy, it also recalls the hilly landscape of her native Korea, a special #place in her life recreated on paper.

Minjung Kim (b. 1962),
Mountain, 2009, ink on hanji paper
© The Trustees of the British Museum
Reproduced by permission of the artist

@britishmuseum #korea #koreanart #koreanartist #koreanartists #contemporaryart #art #hanjipaper #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Oriental museum from home highlight I think we can all agree that right now #teamakesitallbetter , so imagine the cuppa ...
24/04/2020

Oriental museum from home highlight

I think we can all agree that right now #teamakesitallbetter , so imagine the cuppa you could get out of this!

This 19th century brass, copper and silver kettle is actually for butter tea, made with tea, yak butter and salt, a staple of the traditional Himalayan diet. Because butter is the main ingredient, it is high in calories, providing lots of energy needed to live in the harsh environment. The butter is also said to help prevent chapped lips.

Anyone up for trying to make their own? Yak butter might be a bit tricky to get hold off…….

#tibet #tibetan #kettle #teakettle #cupoftea #timefortea #teaislife #teasofinstagram #teaforlife #teatime #tea #metalwork #19thcentury #brass #copper #silver #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

This evening marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and however you are celebrating this year stay home and st...
23/04/2020

This evening marks the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and however you are celebrating this year stay home and stay safe.

As part of the Calligraphy Support Scheme administered by the Islamic Art and Material Culture SSN we were visited at the end of 2019 by Professor James Allan, University of Oxford who translated inscriptions on 30 objects from our collection.

At first this small bottle stopper looked very unassuming but once the inscription was translated we realisedyou can’t judge a book by its cover. On one side is the phrase beh barak nur (To Barak light!) and on the other qamar al-din (Moon of the Religion). Qamar al-din is a thick and sweet apricot juice traditionally consumed during Ramadan. As soon as the call to prayer finishes marking the end of the day’s fast people drink a glass of refreshing Qamar al-din to help boost their sugar levels and rehydrate.

The origin of the drink is unknown but one theory states that it may have come from Syria or south west Turkey, the regions which produce the best apricots.

#ramadan #ramadan2020 #ramadanmonth #ramadandrinks #apricotjuice #qamareldin #turkey #metalwork #20thcentury #stayhome #staysafe #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Oriental Museum from home highlight  -#worldearthday There are eight species of hornbill in Borneo.  They are important ...
22/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight -

#worldearthday There are eight species of hornbill in Borneo. They are important birds in the culture of the different native peoples of the island. The rhinoceros hornbill (depicted here) is the state bird of Sarawak, reflecting its importance in many legends, rituals and beliefs.

Wooden carvings of rhinoceros hornbills have been created for many centuries to be used in traditional spiritual ceremonies. Today they are also popular souvenirs with visitors to the islands.

In 2018 the rhinoceros hornbill was recorded as threatened on the IUCN Red List due to the loss of its rainforest habitat and as a result of hunting for its meat, feathers and skull.

#EarthDay2020 #endangered #threatenedspecies #hornbill #hornbills #rhinoceroshornbill #southeastasia #sarawak #sarawakmalaysia #malaysia #sarawakborneo #borneo #malaysiancraft #traditionalcraft #traditionalcrafts #traditionalcraftsmanship #carving #woodcarving #woodcarvings #woodcarvingart #woodensculpture #woodensculptures #sculpture #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Oriental Museum from home highlight -Cocoon shaped jarThe distinctive shape of this jar mimics a silkworm’s cocoon. The ...
21/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight -
Cocoon shaped jar

The distinctive shape of this jar mimics a silkworm’s cocoon. The silk industry was a major source of wealth in China during the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE).

It is thought that the black and red decoration seen on jars of this type mimics lacquerware of the period and that jars like this were made in earthenware as tomb goods to substitute for the more expensive lacquer objects used in life.

#china #chinese #handynasty #chinesehistory #pottery #kiln #chineseceramics #handynastypottery #ceramic #ceramics #handmade #gravegoods #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Pushing Paper Exhibition at the Oriental MuseumJust because we’ve closed our doors doesn’t mean we’ve stopped thinking a...
20/04/2020

Pushing Paper Exhibition at the Oriental Museum

Just because we’ve closed our doors doesn’t mean we’ve stopped thinking about drawing! We are bringing #PushingPaper to you! Our staff are working hard looking after the artworks and providing behind the scenes access.

One of the themes of our exhibition #PushingPaper, #Power&Protest is about processing and questioning the turbulent world around us. Throughout history, social and political unrest has prompted a response from artists. There is something democratic and unmediated in the act of drawing: anyone can create their own poster or placard, or graffiti a wall to make a public protest. Can artists act as enablers for change? Does a drawing have the power to change the world?

#MuseumAtHome #VisitFromHome #ArtCanHelp @britishmuseum

Oriental Museum from home highlight- 18th AprilDancing ShivaBronze, IndiaThis statue presents the God Shiva destroying e...
18/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight-
18th April
Dancing Shiva
Bronze, India
This statue presents the God Shiva destroying evil in the universe, at the same time restoring the balance of the cosmos. This is a popular motif in Hindu religion. In Sanskrit this form is called Nataraja, meaning “Lord of Dance”. Shiva dances in a circle of fire and stands on a demon, which symbolizes anger or disagreement.

Statues are the central focus of a devotee’s worship in Hindu temples. Traditionally, Puja is performed in temples several times a day by Brahmin priests; these rituals welcome the spirit of the deity into the statue. As the actual deity is present in these worshipped statues, this allows the devotee to have a personal encounter with the divine. This is the most important part of Hindu temple worship and is called darshan.

#shiva #shivanataraja #hindu #hindugods #hindugod #hindumythology #hinduism #hinduart #india #indianart #celebrations #deity #sculpture #metalsculpture #metalsculptures #metalsculptureart #bronze #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Durham World Heritage Site
18/04/2020

Durham World Heritage Site

Here on @DurhamWHS ,Visitor Centre staff & Volunteers welcome 1000's of visitors each year! The team love to share their knowledge about our World Heritage Site. We can't do that on this #WorldHeritageDay2020 but look forward to doing so as soon as we can! #SharedHeritage #IcomosIDMS2020

It's World Heritage Day! To find out more about the World Heritage Site here in Durham, take a look at: https://www.durh...
18/04/2020
Happy World Heritage Day!

It's World Heritage Day! To find out more about the World Heritage Site here in Durham, take a look at: https://www.durhamworldheritagesite.com/

Also known as World Heritage Day in some countries, the International Day of Monuments and Sites has always been an occasion to reflect upon – and often visit – heritage sites that are …

Oriental Museum from home highlight-17th April Hardinge CollectionWhen this object first entered the museum collections ...
17/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight-
17th April
Hardinge Collection
When this object first entered the museum collections it was thought to be a mask for a horse.

More recent research has suggested that this Western Zhou dynasty (1000-700 BCE) mask was actually designed to attach to the front of a shield. It is a simplified form of the classic taotie mask design. The fierce face would have provided protection to the carrier of the shield and acted as a threat towards the enemy.

#china #chinese #chinesehistory #mask #masks #shield #shields #weapons #weaponry #metalart #metalwork #metalworking #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Durham World Heritage Site
17/04/2020

Durham World Heritage Site

For our #FlashbackFriday we're going back to the celebrations in 2016 to mark our 30 years as a World Heritage Site!

We held a photo competition, and in the Visitor Centre we asked people what makes #Durham WHS great😀🏰🏞️

Oriental Museum from home highlight - 16th April Original release date of My Neighbour Totoro in 1988 #onthisday in 1988...
16/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight -
16th April
Original release date of My Neighbour Totoro in 1988

#onthisday in 1988 on of the best known Japanese anime films was first released, the wonderful My Neighbour Totoro. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by the famous Studio Ghibli, the story follows the adventures of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei who befriend a number of woodland spirits in rural Japan.

The film has become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed anime of all time. The lovable title character Totoro has achieved iconic status, appearing as a cameo in a number of Studio Ghibli films, and having both an asteroid belt and species of velvet worm named after him!

If you’re feeling a down with everything going on at the moment then watch this film, I promise it’ll make everything feel a little bit better.

#myneighbourtotoro #studioghibli #miyazaki #totoroghibli #ghiblitotoro #totoro #totoro1988 #totorostuff #totoroart #japan #japanese #japaneseanime #anime #movieposter #movieposters #japanesemovieposter #poster #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Interview with local artist Stephen Ward
16/04/2020
Interview with local artist Stephen Ward

Interview with local artist Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward is a local artist based in County Durham and we have stocked his prints for a number of years. Marion Brown got in touch to find out more about Stephen. Can you tell us a little bit ab…

Oriental Museum Durham University
15/04/2020

Oriental Museum Durham University

“Since the dawn of time, drawing has been and still is, a vital and central component of visual art. How else would I get an image out of my head and into the world?!” Grayson Perry, Trustee of the British Museum.

Channel your inner creativity and have a go at this 5 day drawing challenge. Tag us into your drawings so we can see how you get along.

#DrawingFromADistance #DrawingChallenge #ArtCanHelp #PushingPaper #NationalDrawingDay @britishmuseum @Alan_Measles

Oriental Museum from home highlight 14th April Metalworking in Southeast Asia continues to evolve. In Indonesia, particu...
14/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight
14th April
Metalworking in Southeast Asia continues to evolve. In Indonesia, particularly in Java, during the second half of the 20th century a tradition of decorating work helmets has grown up.

This UK-made fire safety helmet has been decorated with traditional Islamic motifs including floral scrolls, birds and animals. There are also images of the Ali Qapu Palace and Imam Mosque, both in Isfahan, Iran and the two men depicted appear to be Nadir Shah (1736-47) founder of the Persian Afsharid dynasty and the ancient Persian king Darius the Great (550-487 BCE). This would suggest that the helmet was decorated for an Iranian working in Java.

#java #javanese #indonesia #indonesianart #iran #iranian #iranianart #iranianartist #iranianartists #persia #persian #persianart

Oriental Museum from home highlight13th April Today is Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi, Vaishakhi, or Vasakhi) which is...
13/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight
13th April
Today is Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi, Vaishakhi, or Vasakhi) which is an important festival for Sikhs and Hindus. It celebrates the formation of the Khalsa panth warriors by the last living Guru, Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. The Guru established the Khalsa following the execution of his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur on the orders of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The role of the warriors is to protect innocent people of all faiths from religious persecution.

Sikh warriors used shields like this in combination with a tulwar sword. The curved blade of the sword is ideal for delivering slashing, sweeping strokes. However, its defensive capabilities are limited. The shield provided essential additional defence. This shield was manufactured in India and is made from buffalo hide stretched across a wooden and iron frame.

#gurugobindsingh #india #Indian #sikh #sikhart #sikhhistory #sikhism #onthisday #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Oriental Museum from home highlight 12th April Hosono Hitomi was born and raised in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Having studi...
12/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight
12th April
Hosono Hitomi was born and raised in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Having studied ceramics in Japan and Denmark, she moved to London and studied at the Royal College of Art where she was had the opportunity to work with Wedgwood on a project to update their 200 year old Jasperware sprigging technique.

"Afterwards I continued to develop this technique, making complex constructions in porcelain. I was keen to find the essence of what made leaves and flowers beautiful and to use the natural beauty of plants to create ceramic objects that combine dramatic form and movement with sensitivity and refined details."

This beautifully delicate box was created by moulding the flower heads in porcelain and carefully carving in the finer details. The flowers were then applied in layers onto a ceramic form, in this case a palladium lined porcelain box. Each of her pieces can take up to 4 weeks to complete and her work can now be found in museum collections around the world including the British Museum, National Museums Scotland and of course, the Oriental Museum.

#hosonohitomi #japan #japanese #japaneseceramics #japancraft #japanart #japaneseartist #japanesedesign #craft #traditionalart #ceramic #ceramics #sculpting #carvedporcelain #porcelain #modernceramics #modernceramic #contemporarycraft #contemporarycrafts #contemporaryceramics #handmade #handmadeceramics #botanical #wedgwood #jasperware #sprigging #museum #muse

Oriental Museum from home highlight 11th AprilThe Moon Jar is a ceramic form unique to Korea. These jars were first made...
11/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight
11th April
The Moon Jar is a ceramic form unique to Korea. These jars were first made in the Joseon Dynasty where their primary purpose was for storage of oils. Their use as everyday items has resulted in very few of the original Joseon Moon Jars surviving to the present day. However, the striking form of the jar, which resembles a full moon, has inspired many contemporary Korean artists as well as ceramicists worldwide. The shape of the moon is especially important to Koreans as historically, Koreans followed a lunar calendar, and the moon remains a prominent feature in many annual festivals and celebrations today.

Moon Jar (달항아리)
By Mun Pyung
Ceramic
Republic of Korea, 2013 CE

#moonjar #korea #southkorea #koreanart #koreanartist #koreanartists #modernceramics #contemporaryart #contemporarycraft #ceramics #porcelain #glaze #kiln #art #vase #handmade #handmadepottery #handmadeceramics #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome

Oriental Museum from home highlight 10th AprilThe founder of the Kakiemon dynasty, Sakaida Kakiemon I, is credited with ...
10/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight
10th April
The founder of the Kakiemon dynasty, Sakaida Kakiemon I, is credited with being the first person in Japan to discover the technique of overglaze enamelling on porcelain known in Japan as akae. Kakiemon pieces are characterised by a distinctive colour palette of soft red, yellow, blue and turquoise green and are sparsely decorated to emphasis the white porcelain or nigoshide meaning milky white.

Kakiemon porcelain was first imported to Europe through the Dutch East India Company in the 1580s. The ceramics were very popular among the elite of Europe and was soon being copied by companies such as Meissen in Germany.

In 1971 the technique for creating the white porcelain and overglaze enamel decoration were designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property by the Japanese government. The double, climbing kiln used by the Kakiemon dynasty has also been designated a National Historic Site.

This piece is entitled The Vase of Autumn Contentment and was created by Sakaida Kakiemon XIII (1906-1982 CE).

#japan #japanese #japaneseart #japaneseculture #art #japanesecraft #japanesecraftsmanship #traditionalart #traditionaljapan #ceramic #ceramics #pottery #japaneseporcelain #porcelain #glaze #kiln #kakiemon #kakiemonporcelain #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

Oriental Museum from home highlight9th AprilIn the 18th century, a direct maritime trade between China and the West was ...
09/04/2020

Oriental Museum from home highlight
9th April
In the 18th century, a direct maritime trade between China and the West was set up from Guangzhou. The scale of porcelain export grew significantly, and at the same time, influence from Western cultures became more common in the design of export wares.

During this time, many export porcelains adopted European subjects, such as Biblical stories, prints and paintings. The Dutch colonial residence in Java, the Swedish capital city Gothenburg, English country mansions, European domestic lives, as well as some historic events including the Rotterdam riots and the general election in the Great Britain, were all used as decorative motifs.

This 18th century plate from Jingdezhen, China is painted with a magnificent English mansion in a garden surrounded by trees and pheasants. The mansion reflects the scenery of the English countryside in the 18th century. The design may have come from a special order. It is possible that the customer sent an image of his property so that it could be painted onto the porcelain.

#china #chinese #chineseart #chineseceramics #ceramicart #ceramic #ceramics #chineseporcelain #ceramic #ceramics #pottery #porcelain #glaze #kiln #blueandwhiteporcelain #blueandwhitechina #blueandwhite #chinoiserie #qingdynasty #qingperiod #18thcentury #englishcountryside #englishcountryhouse #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome

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one of our list to visit this summer
Our next Castle Tour is 12.15pm!
Durham's first record fair. Tomorrow 10am till 4pm
Hi, is the botanic garden open today? :)
can anyone tell me,is it a steep walk from the park & ride entrance off the Botanic Garden's & the cafe ?