Brynne and Tamiko went to the Shanghai Museum to visit the last section not yet seen, Ancient Chinese Sculptures. Sculptural art encompasses pottery and bronzesm which have their own halls. There were two pottery figures from the Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE-24 CE):
Stone carvings began as animal and human figures:
Figure playing "lute:"
When Buddhism was introduced to China, sculpture followed with the influence of Indian styles:
Stone statue of Sakyamuni (Buddha incarnation):
A gilt bronze Bodhisattva (Buddha disciple) and Sakyamuni of painted wood from the Liang, Southern Dynasty, and a gilt bronze Avalokitesvara (a Bodhisattva) from the Northern Qi Dynasty:
Detail of above:
A couple lions from the Tang Dynasty era:
Watch out for that escalator!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
You could see blue sky today, so we went into Shanghai's tallest buildings.
First the Jin Mao Tower:
For some reason, Jackie Chan was there near the ticket windows:
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower:
Looking up at the Shanghai World Financial Center:
The Jin Mao exhibition hall (the roof is an open book):
Monday, August 1, 2011
Today Brynne and Tamiko went to the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium. It is the 8th largest aquarium in the world and has the world's longest submarine tunnel at 155m/170 yards long.
First a special exhibit of dangerous aquatic animals. Several of these pretty little fish are poisonous!
Yellow Ghoul Fish:
Brynne with an ugly Arapaima: