Rare artworks from East Asia, including 3,000-year-old bronze vessels, are set to feature in a university exhibition.
Substance to Style will be open to the public at Aberdeen University’s Sir Duncan Rice Library.
Exploring different materials and how they were used across East Asia to create unique pieces of art, it will show how they were important in countries such as China, Japan and Korea.
Silk, ivory, bronze and porcelain will be included and it looks at how these were used to create carvings, paintings, clothing and sculptures, all held within the Aberdeen University collections.
Highlights of the exhibition include a Japanese netsuke ornament, 3,000-year-old Chinese bronze vessels, a rare Chinese encyclopaedia and a Samurai suit of armour.
Curatorial assistant Christina Mackenzie, who worked on the development of the exhibition, said: “We’re creating a contemplative space with the exhibition, somewhere that visitors can not only learn about the extraordinary history of creative arts in East Asia but also have the chance to see some of the most beautiful and rare objects from the university’s collections.”
The exhibition is a result of a review of the collection held by the university by the museums and special collections team.
Members of the city group also worked with curators from National Museums Scotland, with objects on loan from the museum, including Korean pottery and Japanese wood block prints to also be displayed.
The partnership with National Museums Scotland formed part of a national programme focused on ancient Egypt and East Asia.
It is aimed to support new galleries which opened in the museum last month.
It was also supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Hundreds of items were repacked as part of the project, to improve storage conditions and the long-term care of the irreplaceable conditions.
As well as this, scholars from Shanghai Museum also visited Aberdeen to look at the collection.
The Chinese bronze experts’ findings will also be displayed within the exhibition.
Curatorial assistant Hannah Clarke said: “Working with the curators from National Museums has been a real eye-opener for me personally.
“Until now, I was very unaware of the rich and diverse collection of artefacts from East Asia hidden in our stores.
“Not only have we been able to improve the accessibility of these collections through our project work, it’s also a real joy that we can showcase the stories behind them in this exhibition.”
Substance to Style opens on March 18 in The Gallery in the Sir Duncan Rice Library, and will run until August 22.
It is free to attend.
Previous exhibitions have proved popular with visitors, with the most recent showcasing a Canaletto painting, which is thought to be worth around £2 million.
Before this, Ancient Egyptian mummy Ta-Kheru, which has been in the university for more than 200 years, was on display.