明代中晚期(約四百年前)被視為古代最講究
生活品味的時段之一。其時城市發展迅速,物阜民豐,
人們爭購奢侈品以凸顯財富權勢。和現代世界一樣,
見多識廣的文人在市場化趨勢下另辟蹊徑,
强調生活品味並非建基於物質價值。

宋代蘇東坡以「無竹令人俗」定調,明代文人
進一步付諸實踐。透過明代的生活指南可得知,
尋常竹器被視為「清雅」之物,流行於文人
書齋,排行遠在名貴的犀角、象牙、金銀、
木器等珍奇玩物之上。

The mid-to-late Ming period (around 400 years ago) was a time
when a cultured lifestyle was greatly valued. Cities developed and
prospered rapidly, and people competed for luxury goods to show off their wealth and power. The intellectual literati looked for
alternatives amid intensifying market trends, emphasizing that
cultivation was not built on materialistic values.

Su Shi of the Song dynasty (960 – 1279) had said, 'The absence of bamboo renders a person banal', and the literati of Ming (1368 – 1644) embraced his philosophy. Ordinary bamboo became elegant objects that were often found in the scholarly gentleman's studio, ranking much higher than items made of expensive materials such as rhino horn, ivory, gold and silver or rare wood.

 
   

專家點評 大家選擇

請點擊不同種類的器物,揀選心水款式,
看三位明代專家怎樣品評,並欣賞香港藝術館的相關藏品。


A Test of Cultivation

Please click on different kinds of artefact and choose the items you like.
You will see how the three Ming experts give comments on your choice.
You can also view other related Museum collection at the same time.