Silent Witness

Bronze, damaged, about 50 objects 17-19 centrury
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Ding Shun Museum, Fujian, China


This collection consists of historical Mongolian bronze, of different centuries that have been destroyed in the early 20th century by the Russian army, while taking over the government in outer Mongolia. Courtesy Ma Hui Dong, Tianjin.

The objects present the harm of aggressive demolition. Some items are just deformed by strokes, some other seem to be sieved by bullet howls. The artist was questioning how he could present this violence in a respectful but as well authentic manner.