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‘Looking up to Mao’ (1972-74), National Museum of Scotland

If you’ve heard of the city of Jingdezhen, you may link it with the production of the finest imperial ceramics – China’s absolute best china from the days of the emperors. This object comes from there, made during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). Traditional artforms, if they weren’t completely done away with, were put into work to support the state.

The title of this group tells us in no uncertain terms how we, the workers, are supposed to look at the nation’s Chairman.

It’s a big week for National Museums Scotland, as they open three new galleries at the museum: Ancient Egypt, Exploring East Asia (where this object can be seen) and the Art of Ceramics. All three look worth a visit if you’re in Edinburgh.

Image: National Museums Scotland

Earlier Event: January 28
Bicycle timeline, Museum of London