Ni Hao Shanghai… Again! With A Beauty Trip Around The Shanghai Museum

by Paris B on · 33 comments

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Alrighty ladies, I’ve just about settled back down into the rhythm of things and getting back into the blogging groove. I was away for about 9 days where I had little access to the internet and spent 9 quite glorious blog free days… that when I returned, I found it so hard to get back to blogging! Scary icon razz Ni Hao Shanghai... Again! With A Beauty Trip Around The Shanghai Museum

Anyway, I was in Shanghai (again) with my family this time, and on the days I was there, it was either rainy as heck or hot as heck. I swear I’m about a foundation shade darker from the sun and I broke out something awful. I can’t say I’m not glad to leave and return back here to KL icon razz Ni Hao Shanghai... Again! With A Beauty Trip Around The Shanghai Museum I’m not going to bore you with more stories about Shanghai though but I’m going to take you on a small little visit with a twist.

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Jade belt buckles/brooches from a distant era possibly 400-500BC

This trip, I paid a visit to the Shanghai Museum, partly because I had the luxury of time, and because it was a very rainy day and we just wanted to get out of the wet. I ended up being pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it tremendously! I do highly recommend that you visit it if you are there. It is centuries of Chinese art and culture distilled into 16 rooms. Very enlightening and inspiring icon smile Ni Hao Shanghai... Again! With A Beauty Trip Around The Shanghai Museum

Being a beauty buff, I spotted a couple of items in the museum that are beauty related, and which would be nice to have around the home in the present day. Do hop along for a quick beauty tour of the Shanghai Museum icon smile Ni Hao Shanghai... Again! With A Beauty Trip Around The Shanghai Museum

The jade belt buckles or brooches (I forget which) pictured above were possibly from the period of the Warring States 400-500BC although I stand corrected. I do think they would still make gorgeous brooches or scarf pins today, won’t they? Speaking of brooches, here is another jade belt buckle that I do think would make a lovely brooch.

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Can you imagine the hours of back breaking labour it must have taken this craftsman to make such an intricate carving? Bear in mind they had to do this all manually back in the BC era. No machines or lasers to help them along!

This one’s a vanity table complete with cosmetics box and a stand for a bronze mirror. I believe it may be Tang Dynasty, but again I can’t remember. I was too busy marvelling over the intricacy of the carvings and the delicacy of the make.

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Again, I could see this being part of a modern day home couldn’t you? Or how about this cabinet? Wouldn’t you like it to store all your vanity goodies?

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I loved the look of this one definitely. It would be such fun to have it in my room or even as a display set in the living room. It could hide a multitude of junk icon razz Ni Hao Shanghai... Again! With A Beauty Trip Around The Shanghai Museum

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Speaking of junk storage, I loved this jade (I think) octagonal box. It was stated to be a Hindustani box as the coloured inlay was inspired by the Hindustani. There was avid trade between India and China back in the day and this is one of the influences. I could see this one as a lovely jewellery box. Again, no idea which era it is from but we’re talking early AD.

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These are 2 tea cups from the Qing dynasty Daoguang Reign between 1821-1850. Designs of plum blossoms and peaches signifying spring and longevity are common traditional designs on tea cups and we see this even today. This was not from too far in the past so many are still around … or at least their replicas icon razz Ni Hao Shanghai... Again! With A Beauty Trip Around The Shanghai Museum

I thought this interesting, so here is a piece that I challenge you to tell me what its for.

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Pottery from Jin Dynasty 1115-1234AD

Here are 3 items makeup artists and beauty fans can appreciate – a brush holder! Chinese calligraphy uses brushes and they need a holder for them just as we do our makeup brushes so with the rise in the ceramic industry in China, came these lovely looking brush holders for scholars.

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Famille Rose Brush Holder with Stone Grain Pattern with Pebbles – Qing Dynasty Qianlong Reign (1736-1795AD)

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This is the famous blue and white pottery from the Ming dynasty, between the 1400-1600s. I used to have a blue and white chopstick holder at home that we later used for holding pens. It wasn’t from the Ming dynasty of course, but it would be nice to have my brushes in this one.

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This one captivated my imagination totally. It is a carved jade brush holder from one of the ancient dynasties, which I failed to capture with my camera. Just look at that intricate carving on a soft stone like Jade. I cannot imagine how many pieces the carver had to toss before finally achieving this piece, can you? icon razz Ni Hao Shanghai... Again! With A Beauty Trip Around The Shanghai Museum

And that’s er… it. There are loads more stuff I snapped but I don’t want to bore you further. I hope you enjoyed the quick virtual tour through the Shanghai Museum with a beauty slant. I do promise you its a good way to spend a wet or hot afternoon in Shanghai if you have the time icon smile Ni Hao Shanghai... Again! With A Beauty Trip Around The Shanghai Museum I’ll get back to some proper beauty blogging soon, promise icon smile Ni Hao Shanghai... Again! With A Beauty Trip Around The Shanghai Museum

Paris B

Answer: The pottery item is a pillow! You will never want to just fall into bed on this one!

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Sukie September 7, 2011 at 8:38 am

I can’t imagine myself sleeping on that ‘pillow’! It must be incredibly uncomfortable :s my grandmother has one of those old vanity tables, only hers doesn’t look as new and shiny as the one you saw in the museum! :)
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ParisB September 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

I would agree. But back in the day, that was the only “pillow” they had! I saw another one which was made to look like a house. At the base was even an open door with a lady standing in front of it. I couldn’t get a good picture though because it was all white porcelain but it was really nice! And guard your gran’s vanity table with your life! Some day you’d want it :P

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xin
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September 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

wish i had the jade brush holder! it’d be the most expensive item on my dresser *dream*

i can imagine my head bleeding when i fall onto the pillow after a long day at work
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ParisB September 7, 2011 at 9:52 am

Same here I loved the jade one too! Guess back in the day, the ladies of leisure didn’t have much to do so they probably weren’t as tired as we are :P

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Mrs Top Monkey September 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

It reminds me of the wooden pillow my great-grandmother used.

Interesting pics, PB… looks like you had a good trip!
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ParisB September 7, 2011 at 9:52 am

That’s what my parents said. They remembered their grans using a wooden carved pillow too! The trip was alright – couldn’t wait to come home though.

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rinnah
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September 7, 2011 at 9:16 am

Absolutely love that jade brush holder! It’s so intricate and refined. Bet it must cost the earth, eh? :P
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ParisB September 7, 2011 at 9:52 am

Well since its an antique, yes it would! I wonder if there are replicas around. Still would be pricey though.

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Nikki September 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

The pillow hurts! LOL Thanks but no thanks! :P

I’ll go for the ceramic brush holder for my make-up brushes!!! and Calligraphy brushes! LOL COMBINED together :P
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ParisB September 7, 2011 at 9:53 am

I loved how detailed the drawings are on the ceramic brush holder. Can you just imagine painting that on? What if they made a mistake?!

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Hanny
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September 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

eeeek, the beauty! I want them jade brooches. heh heh.
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ParisB
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September 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

The Jade brooches are a beaut! I couldn’t stop staring at all of them – they don’t make ‘em like they used to.

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Issa September 7, 2011 at 10:26 am

the carvings on that jade brush holder are perfect! oh, i like the ceramic brush holders too!! and that cabinet is lovely!

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ParisB
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September 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Doesn’t everything look so relevant today as they did from days of yore? :D

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jozefin
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September 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

I’d love to hide my trinkets in the carved cabinet!

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ParisB
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September 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm

So would I! To find something similar today would cost a bomb!

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Denise
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September 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

Gorgeous pieces! Figures, the ones I want are the ones that keep and hide things. The cosmetics box and cabinet would be very handy too keep all my beauty junk! :)
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ParisB
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September 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Teehee… I thought so too – the ornamental box is so lovely and it would be even more lovely to store jewellery in .

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Jenn
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September 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

The last Jade brush holder is absolutely breathtaking!! :O I would LOVE to have it on my vanity!!
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ParisB
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September 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I’d love to find a replica of it somewhere. Perhaps some faux stone piece, not plastic :P

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gio September 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

What interesting and gorgeous pieces! Thanks for sharing.
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ParisB
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September 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm

You’re welcome Gio :) I hope it wasn’t yawn inducing :)

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electronicfly
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September 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm

… Pillow? Erm, no thanks, I think I rather sleep on my arm.

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ParisB
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September 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Haha perhaps thats why men had concubines and mistresses back in the day – it was more comfortable than their “pillows”

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electronicfly
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September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Hahahhaha I wonder if that’s where our penchant for bolsters came from too :P

Btw, love the reply of comment notification! :D

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ParisB
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September 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Oho! Thank you so much for letting me know it works! I wasn’t sure :D And yes I think bolsters are definitely a relic of our past need to cling onto something soft er… yeah :P

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peach_ September 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Fantastic walkthrough! Your photos are gorgeous. I’d love a gorgeous brush holder like that instead of my embarrassing excuse…which is a dingy pencil holder.
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ParisB
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September 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Thank you Peach :) I wish my brush holders were that artistic too! As it stands mine are just hung on the wall LOL

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Marina(Makeup4All) September 8, 2011 at 3:14 am

Beautiful post and I want that brush holder ;)
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ParisB
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September 8, 2011 at 9:28 am

Thank you Marina :) I think all the beauty buffs have zeroed in straight on the lovely brush holders!

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dmj September 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm

the carved jade brush holder = mind blowning!

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dmj September 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm

*blowing

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ParisB
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September 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm

It is! I love that one best

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