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Living World Series: fish

  • loan
  • Description

    Ju Ming (born 1938) is a Taiwanese sculptor working in a wide range of materials including wood, bronze, styrofoam, ceramics, and glass. He studied modern sculpture and from 1968 to 1976 was an assistant to Yang Yingfeng (1926-1997), who worked chiefly in metal. Ju is famous for his series of bronzes on the theme of taichi, inspired by the physical practice and mental discipline of this ancient art of boxing. One of Ju’s taichi themed sculptures is displayed at the forecourt of Ashmolean [EA2013.6] in honour of Michael Sullivan (1916-2013).

    This ceramic fish was made and given to Khoan (1919-2003) and Michael by the artist in 1991 and hung in their flat by the wooden table (displayed below the fish in the physical exhibition) for many years.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Taiwan (place of creation)
    Ju Ming (born 1938) (sculptor)
    Associated people
    Khoan Sullivan (1919 - 2003) (recipient)
    Michael Sullivan (1916 - 2013) (recipient)
    Material and technique
    ceramic, hand-modelled
    fish 53 cm (length)
    Material index
    Technique index
    coveredcoated glazed,
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    No. of items
    Credit line
    On loan from the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection.
    Accession no.
  • Further reading

    Sullivan, Michael, Modern Chinese Art: The Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection, revised edn (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2009), no. 2 on page. 202, illus. p. 202 fig. IV.B.2

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