Blog: Asian Art History

Asian Art 101: What Is a Handscroll?

December 4, 2017

"A predominant format of Chinese painting is the handscroll, a continuous roll of paper or silk of varying length on which an image has been painted, and which, when not being viewed, remains rolled up," writes Dawn Delbanco in the Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.

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Chinese Toggles: Promising Playthings

November 9, 2017

One of the most whimsical Chinese objects is the belt toggle, a palm-sized carving in nearly every natural material transformed into a miniature sculpture. Compared to the avid collecting of Japanese netsuke, Chinese belt toggles have been oddly overlooked.

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