Fairfield University to display ancient Chinese artifacts
Fairfield University's Bellarmine Museum of Art will display ancient Chinese artifacts in an "Immortality of the Spirit: Chinese Funerary Art from the Han and Tang Dynasties" exhibit to be held from mid-April through early June.
The display will take place Thursday through June 6 in the museum's Bellarmine Hall, 1073 North Benson Road, following an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The exhibition, drawn from the collection of Jane and Leopold Swergold, will feature 13 examples from the Han Dynasty dating from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D. and the Tang Imperial Dynasty from 618 to 906 A.D.
The earliest Chinese tomb figures and furnishings date back to the Neolithic period from 10,000 to 2,000 B.C. Their popularity increased during the Han Dynasty and peaked under the Tang Dynasty, according to a university news release.
Exhibition programming includes a family day from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and a gallery talk by Leopold Swergold at 5 p.m. May 3.
Film screenings of the 2011 PBS documentary "China's Terracotta Warriors" will take place at noon Friday, as well as April 24, May 1 and May 4, in the museum's on-site education room.
Admission to the museum and its programs are free.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday when the university is in session.
Call 203-254-4046 or visit www.fairfield.edu/museum for more information.