Oriental Museum Durham University

Oriental Museum Durham University From Ancient Egypt to modern China, the Oriental Museum is devoted to the art and archaeology of Northern Africa and Asia From Ancient Egypt to modern China, we are the only museum in the North of England devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia. 'The Orient’ is not an area with defined geographical boundaries.
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The term can mean widely differing things to different people. In the case of the Oriental Museum, the definition is a wide one indeed, with the collections covering a huge area from North Africa to South East Asia. This is the legacy of the origins or the Oriental Museum in the teaching of oriental languages at Durham University.

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Today marks the beginning of Durga Puja. The 10 day long festival is held during the month of Ashvina (September–October...
22/10/2020

Today marks the beginning of Durga Puja. The 10 day long festival is held during the month of Ashvina (September–October) and celebrates the victory of the goddess Durga over the shape-shifting demon king Mahishasura.

The festival begins with welcoming the goddess into homes and temples and finishes with clay statues of the goddess carried through the streets in a procession to a river where it is immersed and allowed to dissolve symbolising her return to the divine cosmos. The festival can also include performing puja at home and at public shrines, gift giving, family meals, processions and drama performances and can vary from region to region.

This 18th century Indian hand painted miniature depicts the epic battle between the goddess and the demon in his buffalo form.

#durga #durgapuja #goddess #mahishasura #india #indian #indianart #indianculture #hindu #hinduism #hinduart #tiger #indianminiaturepainting #indianpainting #indianminiature #handpainted #traditional_art #traditionalart #art #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

As it’s #ReptileAwarenessDay let’s all take a moment to appreciate/be terrified by this cracking specimen photographed i...
21/10/2020

As it’s #ReptileAwarenessDay let’s all take a moment to appreciate/be terrified by this cracking specimen photographed in Hong Kong in 1918.

#snake #snakes #hongkong #photography #historicphotography #blackandwhitephotography #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

21/10/2020
Little Dragons at Home: Awesome Autumn

Good morning to all you Little Dragons out there!

Today's session is all about autumn.

For the craft activity you will need a paper plate, or some card from a cereal box, a gluestick, scissors, crayons and coloured paper. You can print the animal template from our website or draw your own little animals.

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Top tip for grown-ups: Join in with the songs and actions.

Afterwards why not try this Toddler Taskmaster: Can you collect some autumn leaves from your garden or local park make your own leafy character?

Miniature votive stupas were made to commemorate a visit to the site of a famous monumental stupa or to gain spiritual b...
20/10/2020

Miniature votive stupas were made to commemorate a visit to the site of a famous monumental stupa or to gain spiritual benefits. Carved into this 11th century Indian votive stupa are niches with the Buddhas of the cardinal points making their characteristic hand gestures. A short formula, called the Buddhist creed, is inscribed around the base.

#india #indian #indiansculpture #indianart #11thcentury #buddha #buddhist #buddhism #buddhistart #buddhistsculpture #sculpture #stone #carving #stonecarving #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

Shout out to all Little Dragons - Join us on Wednesday 21 October at 10am on Facebook Live for our under 5s Little Drago...
19/10/2020

Shout out to all Little Dragons -
Join us on Wednesday 21 October at 10am on Facebook Live for our under 5s Little Dragons at home session.

This week we’ll be exploring autumn.

For the craft activity you will need some card from a cereal box or a paper plate, a gluestick, scissors, crayons and coloured paper. You can print the animal template from our website or draw your own little animals.

Some Tibetan Buddhists wear amulets and amulet cases like this one containing precious relics, blessed medicines or piec...
19/10/2020

Some Tibetan Buddhists wear amulets and amulet cases like this one containing precious relics, blessed medicines or pieces of sacred texts. It is believed that these will give protection from harm both physical and spiritual. The amulets can vary in style and material with some made from expensive metal and decorated with semi-precious stones.

This metal amulet case is decorated with an embossed design depicting the Buddha.

#tibet #tibetan #tibetanbuddhism #tibetancraft #amuletcase #amulet #amulets #buddha #buddhist #buddhism #buddhistart #metalwork #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

This ceramic pack mule was created in China during the Tang dynasty (618-906 CE) and would originally have been placed i...
17/10/2020

This ceramic pack mule was created in China during the Tang dynasty (618-906 CE) and would originally have been placed in a tomb. People during this period believed that the figures of people and animals would come to life and serve the person buried in the tomb. The size, style and number of figures included in a person’s tomb depended on their wealth and status.

As part of the funeral rites the figures would be paraded on carts during the funeral procession. Once at the tomb they were lined up outside before being placed in the entrance way or in special niches lining the walls. Tombs belonging to the wealthiest people could also be decorated with elaborate and brightly coloured frescos depicting the ceramic figures brought to life.

#tangdynasty #china #chinesehistory #chinesepottery #chineseceramics #ceramic #ceramics #pottery #earthenware #mule #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

One of our most important donors, Sir Charles Hardinge is most famous for his collection of jades and other hardstones. ...
16/10/2020

One of our most important donors, Sir Charles Hardinge is most famous for his collection of jades and other hardstones. However, the collection also contains a wide range of other items, including a number of bronzes, such as this Qing dynasty (1644-1912 CE) incense burner in the shape of a lion. Incense was placed in the drawer in the lion’s chest so that the smoke would flow from the mouth.

Buddhists regarded lions as the defenders of religion and sacred buildings. The brocade ball beneath the lion’s paw indicates that it is male, as female lions are usually represented with a cub.

#china #chinesehistory #buddhism #buddhist #buddhistsculpture #buddhistart #qingdynasty #bronze #bronzesculpture #sculpture #incense #incenseburner #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

The Yemeni boat model is in and we are now starting to mock up the case! This is a the exciting/creative/ frustrating/pr...
15/10/2020

The Yemeni boat model is in and we are now starting to mock up the case! This is a the exciting/creative/ frustrating/problem solving point in the display process but I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon.

#MuseumPassion #silkroad #silkroads #newgallery #yemen #yemeni #boat #boats #boatmodel #boatmodels #middleeast #middleeastern #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

Anyone who works in a museum knows that the thing we love the most is getting hands on with the collections. A fascinati...
15/10/2020

Anyone who works in a museum knows that the thing we love the most is getting hands on with the collections. A fascination with history and material culture is what draws us to this sector and there is no better feeling than creating an incredible new display that engages and informs our visitors.

Today our curator, Rachel Barclay, is painstakingly cleaning this incredible Yemeni boat model in preparation for installing it into our new Silk Roads gallery. The boat has never been on display before and we can’t wait to welcome you all back in January 2021 so you can see it for yourselves.

#MuseumPassion #silkroad #silkroads #newgallery #yemen #yemeni #boat #boats #boatmodel #boatmodels #middleeast #middleeastern #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity Photo of rachel in gallery

Earrings such as these are common among the nomadic Bedouin people of the Arabian Peninsula. Jewellery is given to a wom...
14/10/2020

Earrings such as these are common among the nomadic Bedouin people of the Arabian Peninsula. Jewellery is given to a woman to mark important moments in her life including her birth, important birthdays, her marriage and the birth of her children. This pair are made from 4 middle eastern or north African coins and inset with pieces of red glass.

It is believed that the tinkling sound of the coins knocking against each other would frighten away evil spirits and the choice of the colour red is similarly thought to offer protection against harm.

#bedouin #bedouinstyle #bedouinjewelry #bedouinjewellery #coins #coinjewellery #middleeast #middleeastern #middleeastfashion #middleeasternjewellery #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

This unusual shaped ceramic vessel is known as a pilgrim flask or baoyue ping (precious-moon vase) as the body resembles...
13/10/2020

This unusual shaped ceramic vessel is known as a pilgrim flask or baoyue ping (precious-moon vase) as the body resembles a full-moon. The shape developed during the early to middle Ming dynasty (1338-1500 CE) and was based on glass vessels from Syria that arrived in China along the Silk Routes. The decoration on this vessel is also reminiscent of geometric Islamic designs.

#china #chinese #qingdynasty #pilgrimflask #chineseceramics #ceramic #ceramics #porcelain #kiln #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

Hafez day in Iran – National Day of Hafez Each year on 12th October Iran celebrates the National Day of Hafez. Hafez (d....
12/10/2020

Hafez day in Iran – National Day of Hafez

Each year on 12th October Iran celebrates the National Day of Hafez. Hafez (d. 1390) is Iran’s premier and most quoted lyric poet. His status, and universal appeal, can be compared with that of Shakespeare in the English-speaking world. There is no definitive volume of his poems, but some Iranians still use collections of his work today as a sort of oracle. They will open the book to a random page and whichever poem it opens on will be an indication of things to come.

This beautiful piece of modern Naskh calligraphy was produced by painter and printmaker Jilla Peacock, who between 2003 and 2004 created a hand printed book containing ten of Hefez’s love poems. Each poem is in the shape of a symbolic animal mentioned in the poem.

#jilapeacock #hafez #poem #poetry #persian #persia #persians #persianart #persian_art #iran #iranian #iranianartist #iranianart #farsi #persiancalligraphy #iraniancalligraphy #traditionalart #calligraphy #print #printing #book #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

This traditional Chinese paper cut is part of a set depicting locations important to the revolution which was produced f...
10/10/2020

This traditional Chinese paper cut is part of a set depicting locations important to the revolution which was produced for the export market. In this paper cut we see the site of the Zunyi Conference held during January 1935, in which Mao Zedong took over military command and become the leader of the Communist Party.

#china #chinesehistory #chairmanmao #chinesepapercut #chinesepapercutting #papercut #papercutart #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

This object is in the form of a Japanese inro, a traditional container which would hang from an obi belt worn around a k...
09/10/2020

This object is in the form of a Japanese inro, a traditional container which would hang from an obi belt worn around a kimono. However, this inro is actually a tea caddy manufactured in Malaysia in 2018 to appeal to the Japanese tourist market.

The caddy was produced by the famous Malaysian pewter company Royal Selangor. The company was founded by Chinese immigrant, Yong Koon, who arrived in Malaysia from Shantou with only his metal working tools. Yong Koon opened his first shop in 1885 called Ngeok Foh (Jade Peace) which specialised in pewter objects for home and temple alters including incense burners and candle holders.

His Royal Highness Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, the late Sultan of Selangor was a great supporter of the company, often giving pieces as gifts to visiting dignitaries. In 1979 he conferred the royal warrant on the company and in 1992 the company officially changed its name from Selangor Pewter to Royal Selangor.

The surface of this tea caddy is decorated with the image of a dragonfly above a lotus. In Asian culture the lotus symbolises perfection and purity as the bud rises from the mud and blooms into a beautiful flower.

#malaysia #malaysian #malaysianart #malaysiancraft #malaysiancrafts #malaysianpewter #pewter #pewtercasting #pewterart #metalcasting #royalselangor #inro #royalselangorpewter #teacaddy #tea #teadrinkers #teadrinker #dragonfly #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

Yashima Gakutei (1786-1868CE) was a Japanese artist and poet who was born the illegitimate son of a samurai who served t...
08/10/2020

Yashima Gakutei (1786-1868CE) was a Japanese artist and poet who was born the illegitimate son of a samurai who served the powerful Tokugawa shogunate. Gakutei trained with both Totoya Hokkei and Hokusai, eventually specialising in Surimono prints. Surimono (printed thing) were privately commissioned works produced to mark a special event or celebration such as the New Year or a wedding. They were produced in small numbers for an educated audience which allowed the artist a certain amount of freedom for experimentation. In this print we see a red lacquer sake cup wrapped in silk gauze beside a sake ewer used to warm the alcoholic beverage. Above the scene are three poems.

#japanesewoodblockprints #ukiyoe #japaneseprints #japaneseprint #woodblockprint #artfromjapan #japaneseartwork #woodblock #print #japan #japanese #japaneseart #japaneseculture #art #traditionalart #traditionaljapan #sake #poem #poetry #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

Mahjong setWood and mother of pearlChina20th century CEQing DynastyThe gaming pieces are made of mother of pearl.Mahjong...
07/10/2020

Mahjong set
Wood and mother of pearl
China
20th century CE
Qing Dynasty
The gaming pieces are made of mother of pearl.

Mahjong was developed in China during the Qing dynasty (1644 - 1912 CE). It is a game of skill, strategy and chance played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols. This mahjong was manufactured in the early 20th century for the export market. The box is made from redwood and the tiles are ivory inlaid with coloured pigment.

#mahjong #boardgames #boardgame #china #chinesehistory #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

To celebrate #worldarchitectureday we have this beautifully detailed watercolour depicting a section from the front elev...
06/10/2020

To celebrate #worldarchitectureday we have this beautifully detailed watercolour depicting a section from the front elevation of the Taj Mahal. It shows the intricate pietra dura inlay decoration, a technique involving cutting and fitting highly polished coloured stones to create designs.

This watercolour was created by an Indian artist using western perspective techniques and it would have been used to educate architecture students and Indian art enthusiasts in the UK.

#tajmahal #india #indian #mughal #indianpainting #handpainted #architecture #architecturaldrawing #indianarchitecture #mughalarchitecture #pietradura #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

Gandhi jayanti#onthisday in 1869 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in the city of Porbandar, in the modern day state o...
02/10/2020

Gandhi jayanti

#onthisday in 1869 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in the city of Porbandar, in the modern day state of Gujarat. Lawyer and anti-colonialist, Gandhi employed non-violent resistance in his drive for Indian independence. His campaign inspired similar civil rights movements around the world and earned him the honorific Sanskrit title Mahātmā, meaning 'high-souled' or 'venerable'. The day is marked in India with a national holiday called Gandhi Jayanti. A memorial is held in New Delhi where he was cremated and prayer services and commemorations are held across the country.

In 2007 the UN General Assembly announced that the 2nd of October would be the International Day of Non-Violence in Gandhi's memory.

#bornonthisday #gandhijayanti #fatherofthenation #nonviolence #peace #india #gujarat #newdelhi #gandhi #mahatmagandhi #birthday #october #2october #onthisdayinhistory #birthanniversary #commemoration #celebration #internationaldayofnonviolence #nationalholidays #nationalholiday #poster #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

Today marks the Mid-Autumn festival or Moon festival across Asia. It falls on the day of a full moon and traditionally s...
01/10/2020

Today marks the Mid-Autumn festival or Moon festival across Asia. It falls on the day of a full moon and traditionally sees families come together to celebrate and eat mooncakes. In Korea mooncakes are known as chuseok and are made from rice filled with mung bean, red bean or sweet red bean paste.

Wooden stamps like these, known as Tteoksal, are used to stamp designs on to the top of Korea mooncakes. The designs vary from region to region and commonly incorporate motifs symbolising good fortune, long life, good health and protection from evil.

#korea #korean #southkorea #koreantraditional #traditionalkorea #moonfestival #moonfestival2020 #midautumnfestival #chuseok #chuseokholiday #mooncake #tteoksal #woodcarving #woodcarvings #woodenstamp #ricecakes #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

International Coffee Day!On #InternationalCoffeeDay what better way to start the day than with an espresso but I bet you...
01/10/2020

International Coffee Day!

On #InternationalCoffeeDay what better way to start the day than with an espresso but I bet your espresso cup isn’t half as cute as this one. This cup and saucer were manufactured by Korean company MOMKID as part of a set of 12, each decorated with an animal from the Zodiac story. This cup features an adorable rat, the Zodiac animal for 2020.

#espresso #espressocup #coffee #coffeelover #cup #cupandsaucer #korea #korean #koreanceramic #koreanceramics #koreanart #zodiacanimals #adorable😍 #ceramic #ceramics #handmademodern #loveceramic #contemporaryceramics #ceramicart #functionalceramics #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections @durhamuniversity

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From Ancient Egypt to modern China, we are the only museum in the North of England devoted entirely to the art and archaeology of the great cultures of Northern Africa and Asia. 'The Orient’ is not an area with defined geographical boundaries. The term can mean widely differing things to different people. In the case of the Oriental Museum, the definition is a wide one indeed, with the collections covering a huge area from North Africa to South East Asia. This is the legacy of the origins of the Oriental Museum in the teaching of oriental languages at Durham University.

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I would miss my son! And my cats. #thingsfromhome
Where has this gorgeous museum been all my life? I visited today and was so charmed and impressed. Beautiful objects and thought-provoking descriptions. I will definitely be back.
We spent a wonderful afternoon here today. It's amazing how they manage to display so many engaging and beautiful exhibits into such a compact space. Especially good for children. Highly recommended. Read more on our food and travel blog : chocolatehunters
Visited today for the first time. Kids loved it. Some of the displays were beautiful.
Why not join us for a taste of Japan at the Chef's Academy (Rye Hill Campus) next week? Only £5 for an evening of Japanese food by DOJO restaurant, traditional music, games, arts & crafts. Limited tickets, so please call or email Beni now to book your ticket and avoid disappointment. Phone: 0191-226 6311 Email: [email protected]
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Great place to visit both entertaining and informative