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University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
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The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of The University of Hong Kong was founded in 1953 as the Fung Ping Shan Museum. Originally established as the Fung Ping Shan Library of Chinese language publications in 1932 in honour of its benefactor, the building became a museum dedicated to collecting Chinese art when the University's libraries consolidated. The museum was renamed the UMAG in 1994 shortly before its new wing was opened to the public in 1996. It is the oldest continuously-operated museum in Hong Kong and has over the past sixty years built up a diverse collection of ceramics and bronzes dating from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), as well as traditional and modern paintings from the Ming dynasty to the twenty-first century. Chief among the collections are the Museum's ceramics, which show the extraordinary achievements of the Chinese potter from Neolithic period painted pottery jars, to the decorative porcelains of the Qing dynasty. Among the early wares are examples of funerary pottery dating from the Han (206 BC–AD 220) to the Tang dynasties (AD 618–907) that include lead-glazed models and vessels, as well as tri-coloured (sancai) ceramics. Throughout Chinese history, ceramics have been traded and admired outside China. Of these, greenwares, particularly Yue and celadon wares, which were sought after in Southeast Asia and Korea, and the development of underglaze-blue decorated wares (blue-and-white), which were made for the Islamic market and popular in Europe, have been the most influential and are well-represented in the Museum's collection. Of particular note is one of the earliest known examples of underglaze-blue decoration in the form of a small tripod water pot dating to the Tang dynasty. The Museum also has representative examples of wares made by the famous Song kilns such as those of Ding and Cizhou, and mono- and polychrome decorated wares of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

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Address
90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam 
City
Hong Kong
Country
China 
Website
http://www.hku.hk/hkumag/main.html
Contributor
Elena Cheung 

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