Pictorial Silks 如絲如畫
Chinese Textiles from the UMAG Collection 香港大學美術博物館藏中國織物
Edited and introduced by Kikki Lam 林嘉琪 編著
September 2020
96 pages
9.625" x 12", 50 color illustrations
HK$150 (Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, and Taiwan only)
US$25 (Other Countries)
Paperback 978-988-74707-1-7

Prized by Chinese and foreign merchants as an essential commodity along a vast trade network, silk served multiple roles throughout the ancient world: as fabric for garments, as a form of currency and method of tax payment, and as a medium and subject matter for professional artists and the literati class. Over the centuries, silk fabrics have remained synonymous with beauty and are entwined throughout Chinese art and literature. Extending from the Qing dynasty to the mid-20th century, UMAG’s silk textile collection encompasses a diverse range of subjects and formats that include hanging scrolls, framed panels, banners and robes. Each artwork exemplifies the sophisticated craftsmanship of the artisans and the collective stories of the Qing dynasty’s textile industry.

絲綢在龐大的貿易網絡中,一直是備受中外商旅追捧的商品。它在古代世界所扮演的角色極為豐富──絲綢既是一種紡織原料,亦是一種貨幣和用以賦稅之物,更是藝術家和文人的創作媒介和題材。多個世紀以來,絲綢是美的象徵,它與中國藝術和文學緊密交織。香港大學美術博物館所藏清代至二十世紀中葉的中國絲織物,題材豐富,形式多樣,包括立軸、掛屏、幡及龍袍等。每件織物既展現出工匠的鬼斧神工,亦訴說着清代紡織業的種種故事。

Kikki Lam is a Research Assistant at the University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong. She received her B.A. and M.Phil. in Anthropology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her current research focuses on Chinese silk textiles and Museum Anthropology. She also translated several exhibition catalogues related to East Asian arts and cultures.

 
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