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ODYSSEY 2006 – 2007

PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

 

The Yin Yu Tang house can be observed at the PEM web site www.pem.org/yinyutang in five separate categories (Orientation, Construction, Ornamentation, Belongings, and Preservation).  Choose one category and use it to prepare for the visit.  It will take significant time to browse these categories before deciding upon which category to focus.  Create your own list of “must see” and “need to explore” points.  Some of them will lead you to focus on the house itself while others will necessitate a more complete study of the adjacent exhibit that details family history and cultural history surrounding the house.  You will only have 60 minutes to complete 1)the guided tour of the house itself, 2)the adjacent exhibit that gives wonderful details and 3)see a short film.  Prepare BEFORE you get there.

 

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Create a hypothesis about Chinese culture (either traditional or modern changes from the traditional) and use your visit to substantiate the idea.

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Victory Banquet at the West Garden, (detail), 1736-1796, China.

Back to Current Exhibitions

The Emperor Looks West

THROUGH MARCH 25, 2007

Art has been used to mark important events throughout the history of nations. In China, some of the finest examples have emerged from palace workshops. In this exhibition, an exquisite court painting from the 18th century--on view for the first time in a U.S. museum--shows a banquet in the Forbidden City celebrating Emperor Qianlong’s military victory in a region of western China. "Victory Banquet at the West Garden” (19’w x 20”h), which once belonged to former French President, Paul Doumer, is painted in ink, color, and gold on silk in the traditional hand scroll format. Other objects, including a dazzling European-style clock; a Mughal jade bowl; ceramics; enamels, and cloisonné, reflect the range of international influences that helped shape imperial art during the Qianlong era.


View press release | Explore the Interactive Scroll and Automation Clock

 

 

 

SELECT A SECTION OF THE SCROLL. 

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WHAT MAKES THIS SECTION OF INTEREST TO YOU? ____________

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FIND CONNECTIONS TO OTHER LITERATURE, ART, HISTORY, MUSIC, PHILOSOPHY: _____________________________________________________________

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FIND ONE ADDITIONAL ARTIFACT DEALING WITH CHINA FROM ANY OTHER GALLERY IN THE MUSEUM (you will have from 11:00 until 12:40 to eat lunch in the museum cafeteria and find something else of interest).

SELECT AN ARTIFACT. 

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WHAT MAKES THIS ARTIFACT OF INTEREST TO YOU? _____________

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FIND CONNECTIONS TO OTHER LITERATURE, ART, HISTORY, MUSIC, PHILOSOPHY: _______________________________________________________________

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THESE WILL BE COLLECTED ON MONDAY, February 12.  THE BUS WILL LEAVE PROMPTLY AT 12:40.  BE ON THE BUS FOR A HEAD COUNT AT 12:30.