FINE ART ASIA 2023 Academic Programme


Decorative Techniques in Oriental Swords: Savoir Faire in Craftsmanship and Artistry

Presented by Fine Art Asia

Speakers: Ms Betty Lo Yan Yan, Co-Founder of the Mengdiexuan Collection
Date: 6 October 2023 (Friday)
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Language: Cantonese

One important aspect in the study and appreciation of antique weapons is the techniques and methods for their decoration.

These techniques were intended to add to the aesthetic value of functional weapons like swords and daggers, either for daily or ceremonial use. Different groups of artisans skilled in their respective areas were commissioned by their patrons to create weapons that could meet not only the utilitarian purpose but also statements on the status and aesthetic taste of their owners.

The lecture will discuss the different techniques used to decorate some of the elaborate swords and daggers once owned by dignitaries of Eastern origins dated from the last 300 years.









A passionate collector for over 40 years, Ms Betty Lo is the co-founder of the Mengdiexuan Collection which comprises of a diverse range of Chinese antiquities, including ancient Chinese gold and silver ornaments, jade, amber, scholar’s objects and, most recently, Oriental swords and daggers that feature sophisticated metalsmithing and gemstone inlays techniques. 

Mengdiexuan is committed to promotion of and researches on Chinese art, through working with museums and cultural institutions to provide platforms for both Chinese and international scholars for academic exchanges. Over the past years, Mengdiexuan collections have been widely exhibited in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Europe and the United States.