The lobby of Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai displays artwork worth noticing.Guests who wish to learn more about these works of art can spend considerable time in our lobby, and learn about the masterpieces. Guided tours are available in English and Mandarin.
In line with Jumeirah's 'Stay Different' promise, we provide an exciting experience to explore historic artwork, local culture and people of Shanghai.
Creating a locally-rooted first impression, the full-size antique pagoda carved from rosewood is encapsulated in a palatial space-feels like an art gallery by itself. Add to this, ShangXia”, the Chinese worship ceremony, adds a traditional touch to its artistic glory.
The lighted calligraphy on the upper wall of the Lobby is the 1,000-character Chinese poem written by a Tang Dynasty monk named Huai Su 1,200 years ago. Legend has it that the Thousand Character Classic was commissioned by Emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty for the purpose of educating his son and composed by Zhou Xingsi about 1,500 years ago. Zhou Xingsi reshuffled one thousand non-redundant characters from the calligraphy of Wang Xizhi into a rhymed text.
Ever since, the essay has become one of the most popular literary texts in China. The essay consists of 250 phrases of four characters each, as a whole, the essay can be divided into four parts. The first part outlines cultural evolution. The second part is personal upbringing and moral virtues, mostly of the Confucian tradition.
The third part surveys the administrative affairs of the noble classes and the vast territory of the empire. The last part, the longest also, narrates the life of the common people and the technical skills of craftsmen. The beginning of the essay is above the main entrance of the hotel and goes around counterclockwise when read.
Chinese Carved Lacquerware: [Accordion]
Beijing-carved lacquer ware is particularly known for its exquisiteness, elegance and sense of majesty.
This piece of carved lacquer has adopted deep-relief engraving and hollow-out technique. The images of god, a crane and pine trees is carefully engraved in the gourd-shape plate. All these elements imply longevity and good health.
One authentic piece of carved lacquer ware usually takes between six and eight months to finish. Several to hundreds of layers of lacquer are painted onto a wooden or bronze mold. The lacquer should be between fifteen to twenty-five millimeters thick. The lacquer ware is finished once it has been polished over with another layer of protective lacquer.
Portrait of President Mao: [Accordion]
By Chen Yifei
Chen Yifei became one of the leading Chinese painters in the 1960 and 70s, when he painted a huge portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong and depicted the grand heroic events of modern China. Chen’s experimental exploration in the realm of oil painting featuring subject matters of Chinese society could be traced back to as early as the 1980s.
Ruyi Kwan Yin-White Jade: [Accordion]
Size: H 52cm. Material: White Jade. Collector: Liu Zhiwei
Kwan Yin, a bodhisattva, commonly known as the ‘Goddess of Mercy’ in English, is synonymous with the pinnacle of mercy and compassion in Chinese Buddhism. Seated, with the right hand gesturing fearless and the left hand holding a Ruyi, the white jade Kwan Yin is beautifully casted, epitomising a blessing from heaven.
Amitayus Buddha: [Accordion]
By Pan Tianshou
Pan Tianshou is one of the most notable painters of the 20th Century. The exquisiteness and subtleties in the Amitayus Buddha, are the best proof of his meticulous attention to details.
Moreover, from the calligraphy of the painting, the influence of his teacher Wu Changshuo and his deep respect to Wu can be perceived.
*The work is collected by Mr. Zhang Zhenyu.
Snowy Waves and Green Mountains: [Accordion]
By Xie Zhiliu
The portrayal of waves under the grand mountains is rare to be seen in Xie Zhiliu’s landscape painting. The subtleties and strength, hereby epitomised in the work, makes it highly unique among the rest of Xie’s works.
Portrait of Lee with Iron Crutch: [Accordion]
By Qi Baishi
Iron-Crutch Li, the most ancient and popular of the Eight Immortals of the Taoist pantheon, was a well-liked figure in Chinese folk stories. He walked with the aid of an iron crutch and often had a gourd slung over his shoulder or held in his hand. He is often depicted as a clown figure who descends to earth in the form of a beggar using his power to fight for the oppressed and needy. Representing his clumsiness, this work is considered as one of the best portraits by Qi Baishi.
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