Chinese Art Essay

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Essay Circles of Reflection The Carter Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors By James McRae I was looking for building 125 east 65th street, hoping that I would soon find any building looking like a museum. Finally, I came upon a building that looks like a rich brownstone in mid-Manhattan. I checked the address to make sure that my eyes were seeing correctly, and for sure, it was the correct place.I had to walk up a small flight of stairs and pass through a doorway that was open. I only went a couple more feet before a second door that was lock stopped me. There was a white flat small oval elevator type button located next to the door. Pushing the button expecting someone to come to the door, a semi-loud buzzing noise came from the door. Turning the doorknob, I went inside the China Institute Gallery.Straight in front of my eye view were two young Asian girls sitting behind what seem like a gift counter. I asked them where was the Chinese exhibition of mirrors. They told me that it was in two rooms, which flanked me on my right and left side. The glass doors that lead into the two rooms were smoked color so that you could not see clearly into the rooms. Turning to the door on the left, which was the nearest door when you entered the building. Now, my first thought, mind you was that I was going to see a bunch of glass mirrors, and already I had pertained the thought of how could this exhibition be called an art show? Well, when I open the door was I surprised, for at first glance I thought I had just entered a music museum with gold plated albums? "Where was the glass mirrors!" was the first thing that popped in my mind. I looked around the room at all the encase circle looking objects. This room was not a big room in any shape of form. There were no Statues or any other shapes to offset the concentric shapes. The mirrors hanged almost symmetrically around the room's purple Walls. The purple color gave the room an awe of royalty. It was a carpeted room with just the proper dash of light that was neither too bright nor too dark. In this room a lovely Asian woman, who I later learned was American Chinese, greeted me. She sat at a reception desk that flanked your left when you entered the room. The desk contained pamphlets of the current exhibition and future events coming to the gallery, and Critique forms that she asked us to fill out later when I finished viewing the exhibition. She gave me one of the pamphlet entitled "Circles of Reflection" to help me learn about the collection. Although there was no tour guide available, she was very nice and she gave me an introduction, about the collection. From the receptionist I learned that the early Chinese mirrors were not made from glass but from bronze, and that this collection of mirrors was about 2000 years old. She explained that the pamphlet was very well written and fully of information. Therefore, before continuing to explore the museum, I started...

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