Elegance in Glass
It was a big day on May 18, 2015, we celebrated the 4th anniversary of Shanghai Museum of Glass, the Annual International Museum Day, and also the official opening of “Elegance in Glass– An Overview of 10th to 14th Century Chinese Ancient Glass Hairpins” located at the Jewelry Box in the Shanghai Museum of Glass.
Each piece of the exquisitely colorful glaze hairpins expresses the beauty that was found during the Song Dynasty era, a time known for its elegance and cultural appreciation. The hairpins have a variety of textures and shapes that according to the Song and Yuan Dynasties can be categorized into ten groups; straight, folding, happiness, square-head, bamboo joint, bridge crossing, vase, fruit texture, cylinder and relief sculpture.
A total of 68 hairpins from the Ming and Qing Dynasties were also presented in order to show a comparison of the different eras. The hairpins from the Song and Yuan Dynasties are mainly blue, white and transparent yellow, with emerald blue a main focus. These pieces evoke a sense of tranquility and stillness, through using simple color schemes, with clean shapes and vibrant textures. The exquisite exhibition design and location in a quiet antique treasure showroom adds to the overall appreciation of beauty and craftsmanship that can be found during the Song and Yuan Dynasties.
The exhibition is also accompanied by photos of dresses recovered from the Song Dynasty and a range of other items, to help the public understand the elegant lifestyle of people during this time, which was incredibly spiritual and beautiful. Hopefully people who visit the exhibition will also have some of this tranquility and elegance imparted onto them.
Organizer: Shanghai Museum of Glass
Dates: May 18, 2015 – April 30, 2016
Exhibition Venue: Jewelry Box of 2nd Floor of Shanghai Museum of Glass