Bling from Below 

Peabody Place Museum will be flashing some new bling during the month of August. The museum -- which houses year-round the best public collection of Chinese art in the Mid-South -- will be exhibiting "Art of the Tomb," a show featuring many items new to the museum, such as figurines, sculptures, and furnishings, which were discovered in ancient Chinese burials.

The objects come from the Tang dynasty (considered the golden age of Chinese civilization) and the Han dynasty (the folks who invented paper and adopted Confucianism as a way of life). They are impressive not only for the beauty and intricacy of their design but for their ability to survive, in some cases, thousands of years.

The museum was founded by Belz Enterprises CEO Jack Belz and his wife Marilyn, and its presence is a boon of no small measure for Memphis, particularly since the Wonders series has been discontinued. The Peabody Place Museum is a like a Wonders exhibit too, on a smaller scale but still able to take your breath away.

"Art of the Tomb," beginning August 1st, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., 119 South Main. Call 523-2787 for information.

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