Silk and Bamboo—An Introduction
Learn more about the exhibition Silk and Bamboo: Music and Art of China, on view at the Met September 5, 2009—February 7, 2010: http://tinyurl.com/silkbamboo J. Kenneth Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge, Department of Musical Instruments, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibition celebrates the musical heritage of China—one of the oldest continuously documented traditions with roots reaching back more than 8,000 years. Featuring some 60 objects and illustrations—drawn largely from the Museums collections of Asian art and musical instruments Silk and Bamboo: Music and Art of China reveals the dynamic interplay of cultures, the continuity of musical practice, and the diversity of China's musical traditions from the fifth century B.C. to the present. This exhibition displays a wide variety of Chinese musical instruments and art, including a rare ivory-covered pipa (lute) and a lacquered qin (zither) of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), extraordinary bells of the fifth century B.C., and a set of pottery figures in the shapes of dancers and musicians from the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.) and Tang dynasty (618-907). The exhibition is made possible in part by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.