2017 Year of Greece & China: The object of January
EXHIBITION
2017 Year of Greece & China: The object of January
MUSEUM OF GREEK CULTURE
FROM 08/01/2018 - TO 11/02/2018
The year 2017 is dedicated to cultural exchanges between Greece and the People's Republic of China. The Benaki Museum will showcase exhibits from its collection of Chinese art in a specially-commissioned cabinet,one for each month.

Figures of supernatural beings as temple guardians. Polychrome and gilt wood. China. Ming–Qing dynasties, AD 16th–18th c. Donated by Efthalia Constantinides (41562).

Similar humanoid figures with grotesque faces and military attire are inspired by Daoist beliefs and, when four in number, represent guardians of the four cardinal points. Guardian pairs such as this one (哼哈二将, heng ha er jiang) usually stand on either side of Buddhist temples. They wear body armour and their frightening faces, surrounded by flames, were meant to be apotropaic and avert evil spirits.

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VISITING INFORMATION

MUSEUM OF GREEK CULTURE
DURATION:
08/01/2018 - 11/02/2018
OPENING HOURS:

Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday, Saturday: 10:00 - 00:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00

TICKETS:

Admission free

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