Friday 19 May 2023

Pagan Eye: A Goddess at the BM China Exhibition

This beautiful golden image is the Daoist goddess Magu, who is a protector of women. The picture is on display at the British Museum's exhibition China's Hidden Century. I'm lucky to be on the invite list for previews of BM exhibitions after I was one of the community consultants for last summer's Feminine Power.

This latest large exhibition is on 19th China and covers all aspects of life on the continent when much of it was hidden from the outside world. The displays offer glimpses of the art, fashion, newspapers, furniture and other aspects of the society as it changed dramatically due to technological advances, political and cultural upheaval, and wars. Chinese religious and spiritual beliefs are also covered, and I found those aspects particularly fascinating to learn more about.

China's Hidden Century is in the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. It runs until 8 October. Tickets are £18/free for members and under 16s.

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