Venue: Gallery II, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Open to the public. Free admission.
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2021 is the Year of the Ox according to Chinese zodiac. Being highly respected throughout Chinese history, oxen are not only served as a main source of food and sacrificial offering, but also as an important beast of burden, pulling carts and ploughing fields. In addition, cow bones could be used in divination and glue-making, while cowhide and cow horns were raw materials in ware production. Altogether, they demonstrate the diverse functions of oxen. Likewise, Chinese characters with ox as the radical express a wide range of meanings and form the basis of the language. In ancient literature and art, it is not uncommon to see works praising, depicting, metaphorising and personifying the animal, which further show its rich humanistic implications. The exhibition will feature 12 ox-related items from the Art Museum’s collections, including paintings, calligraphy and ceramic wares, showcasing ancient cattle culture while celebrating the festive season.