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This exhibition explores the culture of food and drink in China through a wide range of vessels made of different materials and used by various social classes over centuries.

Many beautiful artefacts that are classified as Chinese ‘art’ were originally made for daily purposes and were not meant to be displayed in a museum or collected by enthusiasts as they are today. In fact, a large percentage of objects within the MEAA’s collections were originally used as food or drinking vessels. The exhibition showcases this and is the result of a joint research project with the museum and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.


Museum of East Asian Art

12 Bennett Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2QJ

01225 464640


Opening times

Tuesday – Friday 11:00 – 17:00

Saturday 10:00 – 17:00

Last admission at 16:30

Closed on Sundays and Mondays, Bank Holiday Mondays and Christmas to New Year (check website for detail)

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