A French treasure in Asia – Pagoda Odyssey 1915

Experience a unique French treasure in Asia for the very first time! 

The Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore proudly presents an exceptional exhibition of Chinese figurines crafted in the 1930s by pupils of the French Jesuit orphanage in Shanghai. This remarkable collection, part of the Pagoda Odyssey 1915 Special Exhibition, features 180 wooden figurines that have never been displayed in Asia before.

These artifacts were gifted in 1938 to French naval officer Jules Le Bigot in recognition of his heroic efforts during the Sino-Japanese conflict, during which he safeguarded the orphanage and the French Concession from Japanese bombardment.

Seize the opportunity to delve into an obscure chapter of Franco-Asian history and immerse yourself in the captivating narrative of Shanghainese society in the early 20th century. The exhibition offers a vivid portrayal of authentic Chinese life scenes, celebrating the historic ties between France and Asia.

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  • Date: 31 May 2024 – 1 June 2025
  • Opening Hours: Daily – 10am to 7pm; Fridays – 10am to 9pm
  • Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555