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
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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 or the Oriental Museum in the teaching of oriental languages at Durham University.

To celebrate #silkroadweek we will be highlighting a few objects from our collection that will feature in our new Silk R...
19/06/2020

To celebrate #silkroadweek we will be highlighting a few objects from our collection that will feature in our new Silk Roads Gallery (Opening 2020).

This beautiful 19th century Iranian ceramic tile depicts a horseman beneath the mythical bird of fortune Huma, who flies invisibly above the world without ever landing. Huma's shadow only falls on those who are destined to be king. The Huma is a popular subject in Persian poetry and literature, in which birds are considered to be good omens.

#iran #iranian #persia #persian #qajardynasty #persianart #iranianart #iraniantiles #persiantiles #ceramictiles #ceramic #ceramics #pottery #glaze #kiln #humabird #newgallery #redisplay #newproject #newprojects #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

International Sushi Day – KeyringDuring the Edo period netsuke, kanzashi hair pins and inro were the accessories of choi...
18/06/2020

International Sushi Day – Keyring

During the Edo period netsuke, kanzashi hair pins and inro were the accessories of choice for fashionable men and women. Now it is small, novelty charms such as this realistic looking sushi keyring. The perfect accessory for #internationalsushiday

#japan #japaneseculture #sushikeyring #keyring #kawaiikeyring #kawaii #kawaiistyle #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

Lamp澹然居士款白釉雁足镫Porcelain with underglaze blue inscriptionChinaQing dynasty, 1825-1875 CEMacdonald collectionDUROM.1969.23...
17/06/2020

Lamp
澹然居士款白釉雁足镫
Porcelain with underglaze blue inscription
China
Qing dynasty, 1825-1875 CE

Macdonald collection
DUROM.1969.232.B

In the early part of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 CE), collecting ancient objects and creating new objects in archaic forms flourished as scholars began to keep collections on their desk as a source of inspiration.

This lamp is a ceramic reproduction of a Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) bronze lamp whose stand is shaped like a wild goose claw. An example of this kind of lamp is mentioned by the Qing dynasty scholar Qian Yong (1759-1844 CE). In his book Qian wrote:

'Official Wang Lanquan has a Wild-Goose Claw lamp, whose leg looking like a standing Wild-Goose foot; upon the lamp lids the flame. Both candle and oil can be used on the lamp; delicate craftsmanship indeed…...I reproduced 4 lamps and gifted them to Official Bin, who then wrote a poem on them. At banquets, the lamps twinkle and trigger a reminiscing inspiration.'

#china #chinese #chinesehistory #qingdynasty #chineseceramic #ceramic #ceramics #earthenware #pottery #kiln #glaze #handmade #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

Bunch’eong VaseCeramicRepublic of Korea, 1950—1960 CEKorean bunch’eong ware is characterised by a dark clay body decorat...
16/06/2020

Bunch’eong Vase
Ceramic
Republic of Korea, 1950—1960 CE

Korean bunch’eong ware is characterised by a dark clay body decorated with a white slip and clear glaze. The style developed in the early Joseon dynasty (1392–1897CE), growing out of the Goryeo (918–1392CE) sanggam technique, but unlike the Goryeo celadon ceramics bunch’eong ware was designed to be practical and understated.

By the 16th century the style fell out of favour and was replaced by a fashion for white porcelains. In recent years there has been a resurgence in popularity with a new generation of ceramic artists adopting and adapting the style

#korea #korean #koreanceramics #buncheong #buncheongware #ceramic #ceramics #pottery #glaze #kiln #handmade #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

Join us on Wednesday 17 June,10am on Facebook Live for the next installment of Little Dragons at Home, our online group ...
15/06/2020

Join us on Wednesday 17 June,10am on Facebook Live for the next installment of Little Dragons at Home, our online group for children under 5 and their grown-ups.

This week we will be exploring some shapes from the museum, spotting shapes at home and having some crafty fun!

For the craft activity you'll need a large sheet of paper and a selection of shapes to draw round – like cookie cutters, plastic cups or anything you have to hand. You'll also need a glue stick and scissors.

So, get your gluesticks ready!

Bottle vase and hexagonal vaseBy Hamada Shoji (1894-1978)StonewareJapanShowa Era, after 1950 CEHamada Shoji was one of J...
15/06/2020

Bottle vase and hexagonal vase
By Hamada Shoji (1894-1978)
Stoneware
Japan
Showa Era, after 1950 CE

Hamada Shoji was one of Japan’s most influential 20th century potters and an important figure in the mingei movement. He was good friends with British potter Bernard Leach and spent three years working with Leach in St Ives, having a huge influence on Leach’s work.

Once he returned to Japan, he settled in Mashiko, northeast of Tokyo where he established his own workshop. He was committed to the principles of mingei and only used locally sourced clay and made his own brushes from dog hair and bamboo. Mingei advocated that craftspeople should not sign their work, objects should be produced by hand, be inexpensive to purchase and represent the region that it was produced in.

In 1955 he was designated a ‘Living National Treasure’ in Japan, the first time for someone from the field of crafts.

#hamadashoji #shojihamada #mingei #japan #japanese #japaneseceramics #japanesepottery #ceramic #ceramics #pottery #stoneware #glaze #kiln #handmade #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

Mani stoneStoneChina, Tibet1800-1900 CEMani stones are carved and deposited as votive objects all over the sacred landsc...
13/06/2020

Mani stone
Stone
China, Tibet
1800-1900 CE

Mani stones are carved and deposited as votive objects all over the sacred landscape of Tibet, especially at the summits of mountain passes or at the entrances of settlements. This mani stone is carved with the Tibetan mantra ‘Om mani padme hum’. This mantra is said to have fallen down from heaven at the dawn of Buddhist civilisation in Tibet.

#tibet #tibetan #tibetanbuddhism #buddhist #buddhism #buddhistsculpture #buddhistart #manistone #ommanipadmehum #carving #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

Cup绞胎杯Earthenware, kneaded-biscuit wareChinaTang dynasty, 618-907 CEMacdonald CollectionDUROM.1969.29.AThis cup is decor...
12/06/2020

Cup
绞胎杯
Earthenware, kneaded-biscuit ware
China
Tang dynasty, 618-907 CE

Macdonald Collection
DUROM.1969.29.A

This cup is decorated with a unique, marblised pattern which is called Jiaotai (kneaded-biscuit) style. Craftsmen mixed various type of clays, cut them into pieces, and moulded objects with these mixtures. The clays reveal different colours after firing, creating a natural layered effect.

The earliest kneaded-biscuit ware appeared in the Tang dynasty, and the technique gradually disappeared during the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368 CE). There is a theory that the invention of this technique was associated with the import of marblised glass from West Asia.

#china #chinese #chinesehistory #tangdynasty #chineseceramic #ceramic #ceramics #earthenware #pottery #kiln #glaze #handmade #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

#PushingPaper artist Lady Kitt is an artist, activist, performer and researcher based in Newcastle. They use the pronoun...
11/06/2020

#PushingPaper artist Lady Kitt is an artist, activist, performer and researcher based in Newcastle. They use the pronouns they/them. In their 'Worth' series (2016–ongoing) they depict strong and influential women by cutting heart shapes out of £50 banknotes. This is a portrait of Charlotte Roberts, Professor of Archaeology, and is part of Durham University's art collection. By depicting inspirational women from all walks of life, the series highlights the fields in which women are still underrepresented and experience discrimination. In the British Museum’s collection is a British penny of Edward VII, stamped across the king’s head are the words ‘VOTES FOR WOMEN’. It was created in 1913-14 as a message that could be easily circulated. Kitt’s work echoes this tradition of protest against inequality through the defacement of currency. Kitt keeps the cut-out hearts, displayed inside a miniature bottle, perhaps in reference to their new-found worth as symbols of love and respect.

#Identity @britishmuseum #papercutart #contemporaryart #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

Hill Jar (Lian)黄釉博山奁Earthenware with yellow glaze and relief decorationChinaHan dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CERonald Bullock Be...
10/06/2020

Hill Jar (Lian)
黄釉博山奁
Earthenware with yellow glaze and relief decoration
China
Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE

Ronald Bullock Bequest
DUROM.1998.18

The cover of this jar is modelled as a mountain range. Its central peak is enclosed by four further peaks and valleys, each decorated with an animal, including a boar, tiger, goat and peacock. This distinctive design gives the name to this type of container — Boshan (mountain range), or hill jar in English.

The hill jar reflects the strong focus in Daoism on paradise. The mountains, believed to be a bridge between the earth and heaven, leading people to immortality, have continued to be a popular motif in Chinese art since this time.

#china #chinese #chinesehistory #handynasty #handynastypottery #chineseceramic #ceramic #ceramics #pottery #kiln #glaze #handmade #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

Japanese iron kettles known as tetsubin are used in the process of making sencha tea. Unlike the more formal chanoyu tea...
09/06/2020

Japanese iron kettles known as tetsubin are used in the process of making sencha tea. Unlike the more formal chanoyu tea ceremony made using powedered matcha tea, sencha uses loose tealeaves. Traditionally the water is heated over a charcoalbrazier in the iron kettle, as it is believed that the iron will enhance the flavour of the tea. The warm water is then poured into the tea bowl and the leaves are allowed to gently brew. The ideal colour for sencha tea is a golden green colour and the flavour of the leaves can change depending on the temperature of the water.

This example was manufactured during the early 20th century and is decorated with delicate flowers in gold and silver.

#Japan #Japanese #japaneseculture #japaneseteaceremony #teaceremony #tetsubin #sencha #kettle #tea #teatime #japanesetea #japanesecraft #castiron #iron #gold #silver #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

Join us on Wednesday 10 June at 10.00am for Little Dragons at Home. This week we will be going on a journey to the moon ...
08/06/2020

Join us on Wednesday 10 June at 10.00am for Little Dragons at Home. This week we will be going on a journey to the moon so get your space boots ready!

For the craft activity you can use an empty kitchen paper roll or make a tube from rolled up paper or card. A glue stick, scissors, tape, coloured paper and lots of tin foil will be handy.

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

Afterwards why not try this Toddler Taskmaster: Fly your rocket ship in the highest possible place in your house.

Red coral was highly revered throughout East Asia.  It was imported into China from Iran and Sri Lanka, forming an impor...
08/06/2020

Red coral was highly revered throughout East Asia. It was imported into China from Iran and Sri Lanka, forming an important item of trade along the Silk Routes. Red coral was associated with long life, good fortune but also with high rank and nobility. The tortoise was a symbol both of long life and also of career success, particularly in the imperial civil service exams. As such the combination of coral and the image of the tortoise expressed a wish for success and long life at court.

Coral environments support over 20% of marine species and are under considerable threat from global warming, increasing levels of pollution in our oceans, over fishing and the use of destructive fishing practices such as dredging. Tourism is also damaging this delicate eco system through the removal of coral for manufacturing souvenirs for the tourist market.

#WorldOceansDay #ProtectOurHome #china #chinesehistory #chinesecarving #carving #coral #tortoise #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

This small metal box was manufactured in Thailand using the niello technique. Niello is a black paste like mixture made ...
06/06/2020

This small metal box was manufactured in Thailand using the niello technique. Niello is a black paste like mixture made from sulphur, copper, silver and lead. It is traditionally added to the surface of a metal object decorated with incised decoration which is then fired causing the niello to melt into the design. As it cools it hardens and turns a deep black colour. Once polished the niello contrasts with the bright metal creating vivid and eye catching designs.

Niello objects from Thailand are often decorated with images and patterns inspired by traditional characters, scenes or stories including the Ramayana (Ramakien).

#southeastasia #thailand #thaiart #thaicraft #traditionalcraft #thaicraftsmanship #traditionalcrafts #traditionalcraftsmanship #thaisilver #silver #niello #metalwork #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

Earrings BrassBorneo, East Malaysia, Sarawak, Miri1950-2008 CE Among many of the ethnic groups of Southeast Asia solid b...
05/06/2020

Earrings
Brass
Borneo, East Malaysia, Sarawak, Miri
1950-2008 CE

Among many of the ethnic groups of Southeast Asia solid brass ear ornaments are used as a sign of power and prestige. Both male and female children have their ears pierced at a young age and the heavy ornaments are introduced to stretch the ear lobes. Women tend to stretch their ear lobes more than men as it is seen as more feminine to have the lobes stretched beyond the shoulders.

The practice is less popular now but those of the older generation with particularly long ear lobes are revered and hold high positons within society.

#sarawak #sarawakmalaysia #sarawakborneo #borneo #southeastasia #traditionalcraft #traditionalcrafts #traditionalcraftsmanship #metalwork #brass #bodymodification #earstretching #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

BuddhaWood, lacquer, goldJapanEdo Period, 1700-1850 CEIt took several centuries for Buddhism to travel from its birthpla...
04/06/2020

Buddha
Wood, lacquer, gold
Japan
Edo Period, 1700-1850 CE

It took several centuries for Buddhism to travel from its birthplace in India to Japan. However, once established, Buddhism flourished in Japan and had a significant impact on the development of Japanese society.

This statue represents Amida Buddha (Amitābha in Sanskrit), the principal Buddha of the Pure Land sect of Buddhism. He is thought to possess infinite merit from good deeds done over countless past lives as a bodhisattva, before becoming a celestial Buddha.

#buddhist #buddhism #amidabuddha #buddhistsculpture #buddhistart #japan #edoperiod #edoperiodjapan #japanesecraftsmanship #japanesecraft #japanesecarving #japaneseart #japaneseculture #lacquer #goldlacquer #sculpture #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

Bag-shaped perfume jar of Hatshepsut Alabaster/travertineNew Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Thutmose II, about 1485 BCE...
03/06/2020

Bag-shaped perfume jar of Hatshepsut
Alabaster/travertine
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Thutmose II, about 1485 BCE

The rich treasuries of Egypt’s court and temples contained not just precious metals and stones but also oils and perfumes which played a vital role in the rituals designed to please the gods. Proof of the value that the Egyptians placed on these oils and ointments can be seen in the fact that they were highly sought after by tomb robbers in antiquity - sometimes in preference to jewellery or furniture.

Traces of the oily contents of this vessel can still be seen both around the stopper and smeared on its body. The inscription records the name and queenly titles of Hatshepsut as principal wife of Thutmose II. The vessel may have been withdrawn from the royal stores to be presented as a gift for the burial of one of Hatshepsut’s favoured officials.

#hatshepsut #alabaster #perfume #newkingdom #18thdynasty #egypt #egyptian #egyptianhistory #egyptianart #ancientegyptian #ancientegyptians #archaeology #egyptology #egyptianartifacts #history #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

Traditionally ivory had been used in Japan to create small objects such as netsuke or in decorative inlays on lacquerwar...
02/06/2020

Traditionally ivory had been used in Japan to create small objects such as netsuke or in decorative inlays on lacquerware or sword fittings. During the Meiji Era however, large quantities of African ivory were imported into Japan and carved into figures like these known as okimono, which were then re-exported to the West. The subjects are often people in traditional Japanese dress carrying out what were seen as traditional crafts or activities.

This example depicts a stylish woman dressed in a kimono and carrying a parasol to shield herself from the sun, something I think we all need at the moment!

#okimono #japan #japanesecraftsmanship #japanesecraft #japanesecarving #japaneseart #japaneseculture #kimono #traditionaljapan #japaneseivory #ivorycarving #carving #sculpture #museumcollection #instamuseum #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

01/06/2020
Coming up! Little Dragons at Home Wednesday 3 June

Join us on Wedneday 3 June at 10am on Facebook Live for Little Dragons at Home, our online session for children under 5 and their grown-ups.

We will be exploring a pair of colourful ducks from the museum and having some ducky fun.

For the craft activity you can download and print the duck template on our website, or draw your own. A glue stick, scissors, crayons and coloured paper will be handy.

https://www.dur.ac.uk/4schools/learningonline/under5sonline/

Hope you can join us.

Chinese scholars have always respected tradition and history. During the Song dynasty (960-1279 CE) Confucianism encoura...
01/06/2020

Chinese scholars have always respected tradition and history. During the Song dynasty (960-1279 CE) Confucianism encouraged the collecting of antiques and the copying of ancient forms of artefacts.

Confucian “literati”, or educated scholars, came to associate different types of objects with specific qualities. Jade, for example, was held to represent high morals and gentleness. Over time, the owning of a collection of antiques came to be seen as a symbol of refined taste and the badge of an educated person. Appreciating antiques became a leisure pursuit of the wealthy classes, and meeting as a group to admire and discuss a friend’s collection was an important social occasion.

This nephrite jade carving of a zhong bell from the Qing dynasty is not for practical use but is purely decorative.

#China #chinesehistory #qingdynasty #confucianism #chinesejade #jade #nephrite #chineseart #chinesecraft #museumcollection #museum #museums #MuseumFromHome #VisitFromHome #CultureInQuarantine #DUcollections

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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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Visited today for the first time. Kids loved it. Some of the displays were beautiful.
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