Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2014-05-28 23:31
"This is the Chinese version of Tupperware," says Andrew Watsky, professor of Japanese art history at Princeton, about tea storage jars that became a staple of the tea ceremony in 16th century Japan. Watsky spoke recently with Morning Edition's Susan Stamberg about the history of the ceremony.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-10-07 13:49
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian in Washigton D.C. have received a US$1 million challenge grant, awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to endow the position of an assistant Chinese painting conservator.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-08-08 18:45
Experts renovating an ancient Buddhist temple in Lhasa, Tibet have discovered a number of murals dating to the Song Dynasty (960 to 1279). "This discovery is crucial for us to reconstruct the way of life of that period. We will do our best to restore the murals to their original state,they will no doubt become a national level artefact," said Chen Zujun. (photos)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2013-03-26 09:41
Archaeologists have unearthed a 15th century Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda. This find predates European exploration of Asia, indicating the Chinese may have traded directly with Africa.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-02-24 12:18
The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas will present a two-day symposium bringing "together an international and interdisciplinary team of scholars from the arts, humanities, and sciences to explore the roles that color played in the society, politics, thought, art, and ritual practices of ancient and medieval East Asia." Deadline for online registration is March 1, 2013.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2013-02-01 12:46
While rockets are often thought of as the realm of modern scientists and the military, they have their roots in medieval China. This article traces their roots from a 12th century party trick to their evolution as the terror of Mongolian invaders.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-11-18 17:52
China had been an empire for over 1,000 year when the Mongol heir to Genghis, Kublai Khan, roared into the southern part of the country in the 13th century. Carrie Gracie of the BBC has a feature story.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-06-12 16:53
Over 100 new terracotta warriors have been found in China, some with bright paint on them. Terracotta horses along with real weapons and parts of a chariot have also been found.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-02-06 14:44
In honor the the Year of the Dragon, the Chengdu Temple Fair in China is displaying 43 dragon-themed lantern sets, some dating back centuries.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-11-30 16:49
In the 13th century, Mongol leader and Chinese ruler Kublai Khan attempted to invade Japan. A witness to the ill-fated attempt may have been found off the coast of Nagasaki in the form of a nearly-intact Chinese ship.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-11-24 20:22
Chinese archaeologists believe they have discovered evidence of an important Silk Road city which disappeared in the 3rd century CE.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2011-10-26 11:50
For the first time, Chinese archaeologists are getting the opportunity to mount a large-scale investigation of the Upper Capital of the Liao dynasty. The first structure excavated was the Qiande Gate of the royal city.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2011-06-01 11:18
Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,000 year old wine jug in Henan Province, China. The copper pot, sealed by centuries of rust, still has liquid in it.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2011-05-28 20:05
A display of 9th century Chinese pottery, discovered in 1998 in the wreck of an Arabic ship near Indonesia, has sparked controvery in the archaeological community. Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds, was scheduled to be exhibited at Washington's Smithsonian Institution.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2011-04-14 21:28
We the Barony of the Osprey do wish to extend an invitation to one and all to join us for a journey down the Silk Road in this the Year of the Metal Rabbit. Please come and join us at historic Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island for a weekend of fighting, feasting, and fun.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2011-03-15 17:44
A female mummy dating to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE) has been unearthed in Taizhou, China. The mummy is in an excellent state of preservation including skin, hair, clothes, shoes, and jewelery.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2011-01-23 20:30
Several tons of copper coins dating to the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE) were found recently in an ancient kiln in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province. The coins were strung into ropes through a center hole. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-12-18 12:42
In the 1990's, archaeologists were surprised to discover evidence of early western settlers in a remote town in China's Yongchang County on the edge of the Gobi desert, including a Roman style fort and nearby residents with blonde hair and green eyes.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-12-03 09:11
Corrective lenses have a long history. Glasses filled with water and gems were used by Romans in the 1st century, while the Chinese developed spectacles in the 13th. In an article for the Telegraph, Victoria Ward looks at the history of eyeglasses.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-11-25 20:08
Several new studies of the Bubonic Plague, which devasted Europe in the Middle Ages and the 17th century, have led researchers to the conclusion that the disease originated in China and was carried west over the Silk Road.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-11-12 12:25
The Barony of Rivenoak presents our annual Yule Feast on December 4, 2010. We welcome most warmly the populace of our glorious Kingdom back into Rivenoak Keep.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-11-02 20:07
New York's Metropolitan Museum will offer visitors a glimpse of the delights of 13th century China when it plays host to The Legend of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty, an exhibit of "lavish costumes, stunning paintings and priceless jewels."
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sun, 2010-10-24 15:19
On an island in the middle of a remote lake in Siberia, not far from the Mongolian border, lies the fortress of Por-Bajin. Por-Bajin is an archaeological site that dates to the 8th or 9th century. Its walls enclose 7 acres (2.8 hectares), a maze of about 30 buildings.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2010-10-07 16:43
10 chess pieces dating to the 3rd century have been found in a tomb in Pingshan, China.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-10-06 07:42
The UNESCO website features traditional Li textile techniques of spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidering as employed by women of the Li ethnic group of Hainan Province, China. The site includes photos and video.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-10-02 18:14
A new project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, seeks to give digital access to rare Mongolian and Tibetan manuscripts to scholars around the world.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-09-17 18:08
September 28, 2010 - January 2, 2011, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will play host to The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty, an exhibit of fine and decorative art from the 13th and 14th centuries.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-06-23 11:01
The Freer Gallery of Art in Washngton, D.C. will present Masterpieces of Chinese Painting June 12 - November 28, 2010. The exhibit will showcase Chinese painting from the late 10th to the early 18th century.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2010-06-10 09:18
A recent issue of National Geographic visits the Mogao caves of Dunhuang, China. Located along the Silk Road, the Mogao caves are a series of man-made caves carved into the cliffs between the 6th and 14th centuries.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-05-22 14:12
Most of us think of a map as a tool for getting from one place to another. But throughout history, mapmakers have had other priorities than providing a factual picture of the world.