A selection of exhibits from Nanjing Museum is open to the public starting November 30 at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. The exhibition, titled, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Women and Femininity in Ancient China, will feature more than 100 artefacts, 21 of which are grade-one national treasures, the largest number of such artefacts to be showcased at the museum.

The 13-metre-long Qing Dynasty silk hand scroll titled Ancient Court Ladies At Leisure. It shows dynastic women in bamboo forests, gardens, corridors and terraces involved in entertainment activities.
The 13-metre-long Qing Dynasty silk hand scroll titled Ancient Court Ladies At Leisure (© GovHK)

The highlight of the event is a 13-metre-long Qing dynasty silk hand scroll titled Ancient Court Ladies At Leisure, which gives visitors an insight into how and where women of this era spent their free time. There is also an interactive installation inside the exhibition gallery, which allows visitors to mix and match the hairstyles, accessories and make-up of women from these time periods.

The exhibition deals with four themes: ancient women’s appearance, their daily lives, their talents, and paintings of them by famous artists. Visitors can get an insight into the make-up trends of the ladies in the Han dynasty, the graceful postures of Tang dynasty dancers, and the romances of Qinhuai courtesans in the late Ming dynasty.

The interactive installation that lets visitors to mix and match the hairstyles, accessories and make-up of Chinese women from across time periods (© GovHK)

Some of the other exhibits include the painting Li Duanduan by Tang Yin, one of the four painting masters of the Ming dynasty, as well as Lady Holding A Fan, a hanging scroll by famous Shanghai School painter Ren Xiong done in the late Qing dynasty.

The exhibition will close on February 27, 2023.

Header image credits: GovHK

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