Universiti Malaya is hosting a 500 year ceramics exhibition from The Great Ming Dynasty– Xuande period (1426-1435). This unbelievable rare and authentic collection consists of 299 pieces of Ceramic which are the example of the finest ancient Chinese Ceramics displays at Museum of Asian Art Universiti Malaya.
Hence, the launching ceremony of this exhibition were carried out by Associate Vice-Chancellor (Infrastructure & Information Services), Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Nor Badrul Anuar Juma’at yesterday. Also in attendance were Chairman, YBhg. Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Prof. Ir. Dr. Shaliza Ibrahim.
These ceramic pieces are private collections of KT Choi and Family for more than 100 years covering three generations starting from KT Choi's grandfather. Majority of the pieces were acquired from the renowned Art Dealer, C.T Loo (1880-1957).
The Ming Dynasty, which spanned nearly 300 years (1368-1644), is regarded as one of the most glorious in Chinese history and denotes the finest and most precious Ceramics. Amongst the blue and white Ceramics displayed in this exhibition, many items were specially ordered by the Xuande Emperor as a tribute to Admiral Zheng He. There are pieces decorated with Sanskrit inscriptions, the Chenghua Jar with the "Tian" seal and the "Snowflake-Blue" (Xue Hua Lan) Ceramics which are some of the finest Ceramic during the Ming Dynasty.