The HKU Museum Society is pleased to organize a gallery visit and a talk on decorative Chinese candy boxes (攒盒、全盒) with Oi Ling Chiang, the owner of Oi Ling Antiques, at its new address. To celebrate the forthcoming Chinese New Year, the gallery will be beautifully adorned with many traditional Chinese seasonal items to create a perfect festive atmosphere.
As a prelude to the talk, Mei Ling Chiang, Director of Oi Ling Antiques, will give a brief tour of the gallery introducing some of its showcase pieces, for example, the antique red lacquered sedan chair for the bride.
Following the tour, Oi Ling will give a talk on the Chinese tradition of using ornate boxes to present visitors with snacks and candies during the Lunar New Year celebration. During this talk, she will present some examples of boxes of this nature and highlight the key features like floral motifs which appear on the boxes. She will share the history and the background of these motifs and explain why they are significant in Chinese culture.
After the talk, we will have a Q & A session, during which we will munch our way through different kinds of festive goodies with specially paired cup of Chinese tea.