Nancy Steinhardt | Beyond the Forbidden City: Encounters with Chinese Architecture at Mia

Thursday, November 2, 2017 Nancy Steinhardt will give a general introduction to Chinese architecture and include works in Mia’s collection including the recently installed traditional wooden gate from Shanxi province. Dating from 1858, this imposing structure would have formed the…

Nancy Steinhardt | Beyond the Forbidden City: Encounters with Chinese Architecture at Mia

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Thursday, November 2, 2017
Nancy Steinhardt will give a general introduction to Chinese architecture and include works in Mia’s collection including the recently installed traditional wooden gate from Shanxi province. Dating from 1858, this imposing structure would have formed the entrance into the main courtyard of a middle-class urban family’s home. Traditional carpenters from China have reassembled the gate using only joineries and wooden pins. It now serves as the main entrance to Mia’s Chinese art galleries. A doorway inscription: 履謙漸豐 (“Humility brings prosperity”) appears on the gate. Dr. Steinhardt is the Department Chair and Professor of East Asian Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Curator of Chinese Art at the Penn Museum.

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