Keeping cool

It has been extremely hot here in the UK as we have gone through another heatwave - a scary phenomenon that seems to be the new normal as the global climate is being messed up. Britain is not built for heat and we have all been struggling in our baking hot brick houses. So I thought it is only appropriate to bring in these wise Chinese chaps fanning themselves - they know how to keep themselves cool!

This beautiful Ming ewer is old - really old. It was made in the early 17th Century, about 400 years ago. This was the Chongzhen era, which was the late Ming era and is often called the Transitional Period.

The Chongzhen Emperor was the 17th and