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Current Exhibitions



The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series
The Radiant Ming 1368-1644 through the Min Chiu Society Collection


Founded in 1368 and fell in 1644, the Ming dynasty spanned a period of 276 years during which 16 emperors ascended the throne. It was the last unified and centralised dynasty ruled by the Han Chinese after the Tang and the Song dynasties. In the early 15th century when the overall national strength of the Ming dynasty reached its apogee, the empire was the number one power in Asia and even in the world. Among its colossal enterprises were the construction of the two capitals of Nanjing and Beijing, and the imperial palace at the Forbidden City; the restoration of the Great Wall and the compilation of Yongle dadian (Comprehensive compendium of the Yongle reign). These have become the symbols of the brilliant civilisations of China.

Ming culture was resplendent and multifarious. The dynasty saw the peak of traditional cultural development as well as the gradual sprouting of new cultures. From mid Ming onward, political centralisation gradually disintegrated while the scholar-officials began to dominate cultural development. On the other hand, productivity surpassed that of Song and Yuan times, and commodity economy enjoyed unprecedented prosperity, pushing the progress of folk culture and the standard of artistic creation to new heights. Furthermore, frequent communications between Ming China and foreign countries brought about the import of foreign culture, subsequently unfolding a brand new scenario in the social development of the time.

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of individual members of the Min Chiu Society. Around 300 sets of items from their precious collections are displayed. They include porcelains, lacquers, cloisonné enamels, jades, textiles, furniture, gold and silver wares, paintings, calligraphies, scholar's objects, recreational objects and religious figures. It is hoped that these exhibits will guide the audience through the history and culture of the Ming dynasty from fresh and diverse perspectives. Among the highlights of the exhibits are imperial porcelains and lacquers, porcelains and gilt metal wares with strong Arabic flavour and multifarious religious characteristics, succinctly shaped Ming-style furniture, magnificent textiles, exquisite openwork jade belt plaques, paintings and calligraphies of the ‘Four Literary Masters of the Wuzhong Region (Suzhou)', and scholar objects epitomising the taste of the literati.

The Museum offers public guided tours from 21 December onwards. Each tour lasts about 1 hour and admits 30 persons on a first come, first served basis.

Audio Guide Service is available in Cantonese, English and Putonghua to introduce the exhibit highlights. Please check out details with the Audio Guide Service Counter on 1/F Lobby.

Gold-woven red satin with swastika ground for a robe of ‘quatrefoil-cum-yoke' style, Hongwu period
Hua E Jiao Hui Lou Collection
Blue and white vase with floral motifs and Arabic inscriptions, Zhengde marked
Yi Tak Tang Collection
Monk's cap ewer with plain surface, in tianbai glaze, Yongle period
Tianminlou Collection
Wucai dish with dragon boats and aquatic scene, Wanli marked
The Huaihaitang Collection
A pair of gold hairpin-heads with butterfly and pomegranate design
Muwen Tang Collection
Jade belt plaque of crescent shape with imperial mark, Xuande period
Collection of Mr Michael S.L. Liu
Bronze ‘arrow vase' with dragon-and-cloud motifs in high relief
Xian Qu Xuan Collection
Tibetan gilt bronze figure of Mañjuśrī, Yongle period
Huai En Tang Collection
Mallard in a lotus pond, vertical scroll by Shen Zhou
Collection of Mr Harold C.F. Wong
A pair of huanghuali wood compound cabinets
Collection of Mr Raymond Hung

16/12/2015 – 11/4/2016

Admission  Fee (including "The Hong Kong Story" permanent exhibition)
Mondays、Thursdays to Sundays
Standard: HK$10
Concession:HK$5 (for people with disabilities (and one accompanying minder), full time students and senior citizens aged 60 or above)
Group (20 persons or above):HK$7

Admission is free on Wednesdays.

Holders of Museum Pass enjoy free admission

Special Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of History

Solely sponsored by
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Jointly presented by 
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department
The Min Chiu Society

Co-organised by
The Min Chiu Society

The Hong Kong Museum of History