Chinese Women's Group create textiles

A first visit to the museum

The group were shown around the exhibition in Temple Newsam house. They were fascinated to see so many Chinese objects in such a rich setting, and said that it made them feel proud of their culture. Textile artist, Jane Ball who was working with the group took photos of the objects that the women were most taken with. These included many beautiful vases and a harp-lute.

 

The vase this lady is looking at is a Chinese porcelain vase from the Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng reign (1723-35). It is decorated in famille rose colours showing Shou Lao (the God of Longevity), two boy attendants, below Shou Lao the eight Taoist immortals, and a female deity with attendants on the neck.

 

This harp-lute was made by Edward Light between 1810 and 1818. He originally designed the Harp-Guitar in 1798, followed a few years later by a version that eventually had 14 strings. In 1816 he patented his British Harp-Lute which included extra strings and a system of finger keys for raising the pitch.

 

 

 




 
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