New Exhibition Is Full of Eastern Promise; TOUR: Amazing Collection of Chinese Relics Go on Show at City Art Gallery
Byline: Warren Manger
EAST met west in Coventry as the biggest-ever touring exhibition of Chinese antiquity was unveiled at the Herbert Art Gallery.
The breath-taking collection of Chinese relics is on loan from the British Museum and Coventry is just the second stop on its UK tou r.
More than 100 items will remain on display at the museum in Jordan Well, city centre, for 10 weeks.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition the Herbert staged a Big China Weekend jam-packed full of family-friendly performances and activities.
It included Lion Dancers, story telling, traditional Chinese music, watch and learn Thai Chi and lessons in how to make paper sculptures using the ancient art of origami.
Sam Brindley, from Bedworth, came face to face with Chinese culture for the first time on Saturday.
The seven year-old was fascinated by the carefully folded paper sculptures when visited the exhibition with his grandmother.
They heard about the special events while at the Herbert during the previous weekend.
The exhibition boasts key Chinese exhibitions ushc as the abacus and compass as well as developments such as silk, porcelain, blockwood printing and written calligraphy.
It even features board games from the Han Dynasty 2,000 years ago.
Christopher Kirby, head of collections at the Herbert, said: "It is an honour to play host to such a presitigious exhibition for the first time in the West Midlands. …