Comprising over a thousand pieces, the Musée Cernuschi collection is one of the largest in the world of bronzes from the Song to the Qing dynasty.
Beginning with the very first dynasties in China bronze was a much-valued material for ritual objects. In the 10th century, after several hundred years of Buddhist ascendancy, the Song Dynastiy (960-1279) set out to enhance its authority by placing new emphasis on the ancient rites linked to the Imperial Ancestors, Heaven and Earth. Numerous scholars dedicated themselves to identification and cataloguing of old ritual vessels, together with decipherment of their inscriptions. Bronzes, afetr paintings and calligraphy, were the most sought after and expensive collectors'items and there was a proliferation of manuals of restoration, imitation and outright forgery. Soon, the fashion for ancient forms and motifs spread into other fields and permeated all of Chinese art, including evryday utensils, decoration and scholarly and religious items.
This is the first-ever exhibition in France devoted to a still little-studied field. A wide range of Chinese bronzes from the Musée Cernuschi collection will be on show, many of the items for the first time.
Opening hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 10a.m. to 06 p.m. Closed on monday and bank holidays (2013/11/01, 2013/11/11, 2013/12/25, 2014/01/01).
Entrance fees : 6€ full price . 4,50€ reduced price (Over 60 years old, teachers, group of 10). 3€ halfprice (14-26). Free under 14 years old.
Catalogue, 224 pages, 39€