Exhibition

Admonitions of the instructress to the court ladies

8 Jul 2024 – 18 Aug 2024

Regular hours

Monday
10:00 – 17:30
Tuesday
10:00 – 17:30
Wednesday
10:00 – 17:30
Thursday
10:00 – 20:30
Friday
10:00 – 20:30
Saturday
10:00 – 17:30
Sunday
10:00 – 17:30

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British Museum

London, United Kingdom

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  • Holborn (500m), Tottenham Court Road (300m), Russell Square (800m), Goodge Street (800m)
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This masterpiece is considered a milestone in Chinese painting history.

About

Traditionally attributed to Gu Kaizhi (about AD 345–406), it probably dates to between AD 400 and 700. Due to conservation precautions, it can only be displayed for six weeks a year.

The Admonitions Scroll depicts a poetic text composed by an official Zhang Hua (about AD 232–300) aimed at correcting the behaviour of an empress. The Scroll carries inscriptions by later collectors including the Qianlong emperor (r. 1736–1795). The British Museum purchased the Scroll from Captain Clarence Johnson (1870–1937) who was in Beijing in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion (1899–1901). Originally a handscroll, the painting and later inscriptions were separated and mounted onto panels in 1914.

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