Six Dynasties Art From The Norman A. Kurland Collection at Eskenazi

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Eskenazi will hold an exhibition of art and sculpture of the Six Dynasties (220 to 581 AD), a transformative, turbulent and once neglected period of Chinese history. The exhibition features 38 works from the collection of Norman A. Kurland, a renowned American film and television agent, who has collected and studied the art of the period for four decades, assembling the most important group of its type in private hands. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see a diverse range of art and objects from the Six Dynasties (220 to 581 AD), a period of great upheaval after the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD) fragmented and collapsed into rival kingdoms. During this period, despite the political turmoil, art, poetry and religion flourished, and trading channels including the 'Silk Route' brought numerous new ideas, imagery and raw materials into China. Highlights include exceptional Buddhist sculptures in gilt bronze and stone, amongst them examples from 5th and 6th century cave temples initiated under Imperial patronage and unsurpassed in their ambition. The exhibition also features glazed earthenware jars, bronze openwork plaques, and an astounding array of terracotta tomb figures of people and animals; these open a window into daily life at the time and show musicians with a variety of instruments, a merchant's camel carrying supplies and his stock of silk, and a dog feeding on a hunk of meat.

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