FEA Members Docent Tour of Tomb Treasures

FEA Members Only Docent Tour of
the San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s Special Exhibit 
Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty
Friday, April 28th, 2017 – 10.30am

The group was limited to 20 reserved participants. We had Julia Verzhbinsky as our guide. She is a highly respected  Asian Art Museum docent and enthusiastic admirer of this exhibition

The ExhibitTomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty as described on the Asian Museum’s web site and in their Spring 2017 catalogue:

“Deep within the earth, a tomb is touched by sunlight for the first time in 2,000 years: Recently discovered objects from royal tombs reveal the extravagance, artistry and elegance of China’s Han dynasty.

One of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, China’s Han dynasty (206BCE-220CE) achieved profound cultural and artistic influence, technological advancements and military might.

Emulating their grand palaces, Han royals built lavishly furnished tombs so that, in the afterlife, no need would go unmet. Daily utensils, kitchen vessels, royal symbols, weaponry and even toiletries were all accounted for. And the nobility spared no expense preserving the tools of earthly pleasures — food, music, wine, sex — in anticipation of an afterlife to surpass this world.

On view for the first time in the U.S., 160 rare selections from recent excavations — including a jade coffin, rare bronze bells, elaborate crafts and much more — share the extravagance, artistry and elegance of Han royal clans. The Asian Art Museum is the only venue for this exhibition.”

NOTE:  The Exhibition runs through May 28.