Cloud Forest and Asian Civilisations Museum

19 January 2018, Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay and Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

From the Flower Dome it is a very short walk to the Cloud Forest.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Some of the flowers are similar but the arrangement is very different.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

The “cloud” part comes from a cloud of spray released every couple of hours but we were not there at the right time top see this.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

There is a similar dome which here window cleaners are cleaning from the outside.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

The arrangement is much more vertical with great cascading walls of greenery.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

People down below were performing ritual activities with small rectangular objects.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Perhaps a form of Tai Chi….

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

More of the “green wall”.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Overall, I found it more artificial and less satisfying than the Flower Dome.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Perhaps my opinion would have been different had the spray been operating.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

… And we look up to those above us….

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel .

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel .

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

We then left for a brief stop at the hotel where I dropped off most of my camera equipment, then headed for the Asian Civilisations Museum.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

I had decided it was not going to rain and didn’t take my umbrella.  I was wrong.  We are walking over a bridge and rain is fast approaching.  We just made it inside the museum before a deluge hit.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

One of the main displays was of the contents of the wreck of a ninth-century ship, here shown as a scale model.  The bowls are some of the sixty thousand retrieved from the wreck.  The ship originated from the Abbasid Empire in the Persian Gulf.  It had sailed via India to China and was returning when it was wrecked in the Java Sea.  It was built entirely without nails.  Wooden planks were sewn together with coconut rope and caulked with wadding.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Here are some of the Chinese jars from the wreck.  On the left is a fully restored one showing its ash glaze technique; the unrestored jars on the right show how much effort must have gone into restoration.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

This painting particularly caught my attention and shows lots of interesting detail if you click on it for a larger view.  Painted by a Chinese artist, probably for a foreign trader, it shows a square in Guangzhou (Canton), China and some of the people depicted can be identified.  It is 1807 and is at the time of a trial of sailors from the ship Neptune who killed a Chinese man in drunken brawling.  After several days of adjudication, one seaman incurred a small fine.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

This is Singapore harbour in around 1850 by an unknown Chinese artist.  Three European ships dominate the foreground and some of you may notice some difference from the aerial shots of Singapore a couple of posts ago.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

This looks like a giant floating marble boulder but is a sculpture by Eng Tow (2015), based on a grain of rice.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

16th century bronze Buddha from Lan Na, in Northern Thailand, stylistically influenced from Sri Lanka.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

A Bodhisattva from 4th century Ghandhara (between Pakistan and Afghanistan).  It shows the influence of the West (ancient Greece and Rome) on Buddhist art.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Chinese far from Jingdezhen, around 1700.  The man on the crow’s nest of the ship could be General Xue Rengui, who invaded the Laiodong Peninsula for Tang Emperor Taizong.  The Laiodong Peninsula is just north-west of North Korea and is where in the nineteenth century Port Arthur was located.  The war was against Goguryeo in 644AD.  Goguryeo was a Korean kingdom incorporating what is now North Korea, the northern half of South Korea and the southern and central parts of Manchuria.

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Asian Civilisations Museum, Cloud Forest, Flowers, Gardens by the Bay, Landscape, Macro, Nature, Orchids, Photography, Singapore, Travel

Chrysanthemum dish from Jingdezhen in China, 1723-1735 (during the reign of Yangzhen, the third Qing or Manchu emperor).  Based on the naturalistic style of Yun Shouping (1633-1690), this is an example of what became the characteristic style of the Yangzhen period.

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8 comments on “Cloud Forest and Asian Civilisations Museum

  1. Robert Hayes says:

    Excellent. I envy you the opportunity!

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  2. Great collection of images and commentary Murray! I like the Tai Chi iPhone folks!

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  3. Meredith Stokes says:

    Beautiful, informative, humorous & brings back many memories.Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

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