National Treasures

From pottery to ritual bronzes, jade burial suit, porcelain, embroidery and ornaments, every cultural relic witnesses the history of China and has an interesting story to tell. This series explores some of the greatest national treasures collected in the major museums of China.
From pottery to ritual bronzes, jade burial suit, porcelain, embroidery and ornaments, every cultural relic witnesses the history of China and has an interesting story to tell. This series explores some of the greatest national treasures collected in the major museums of China.
Ancient artwork's happy ending - Art & Culture in China
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Ancient artwork's happy ending

Regarded as a representative poet of wanyue pai, Zhang Xian (990-1078) was also the creator of a renowned handscroll called "Shiyongtu," which means illustrating ten poems.

'Lady Guoguo's Spring Outing' - Art & Culture in China
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'Lady Guoguo's Spring Outing'

Although the original "Lady Guoguo's Spring Outing" by Zhang Xuan of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) disappeared, its copy made is still seen as a national treasure. 
Painter captures unconventional artists' rustic life in portrait scroll - Art & Culture in China
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Painter captures unconventional artists' rustic life in portrait scroll

"Gaoyi Tu," created by Sun Wei, is believed to be the earliest one among the works with the same theme.
Painting freezes moment in time - Art & Culture in China
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Painting freezes moment in time

Winter sports also thrived in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) as can be seen in silk painting "Bingxi Tu" – "Amusements on Ice" during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736-95).
Handscroll tells a sad love story - Art & Culture in China
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Handscroll tells a sad love story

Cao Zhi is seated beneath willows being fanned by his servants while the nymph departs, casting a sorrowful backward glance. 
Scroll rich in color and meaning - Art & Culture in China
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Scroll rich in color and meaning

The ink hand scroll "Lanting Xiuxi Painting" (Illustration of the Spring Purification Gathering at the Orchid Pavilion) is considered the most famous work by Wen Zhengming.
'Jinou Yonggu' Cup, a symbol of China's strong eternal integrity - Art & Culture in China
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'Jinou Yonggu' Cup, a symbol of China's strong eternal integrity

A wine cup, made during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1711-99), is named "Jinou Yonggu," meaning "the golden goblet remains strong forever."
Ruyi, a symbolic scepter of good fortune used by the Qing royalty - Art & Culture in China
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Ruyi, a symbolic scepter of good fortune used by the Qing royalty

Ruyi, a ceremonial scepter, is revered by Chinese people for its symbol of good fortune and longevity. 

Golden bianzhong symbolizes a halcyon epoch in China's history - Art & Culture in China
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Golden bianzhong symbolizes a halcyon epoch in China's history

Emperor Qianlong's instrument was the first bianzhong that is completely made of gold and cost a whopping 13,600 taels (425 kilograms).
'Pot of Peace' led to an invasion - Art & Culture in China
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'Pot of Peace' led to an invasion

Standing at 31.3 centimeters tall, the indigo-glazed double-swallow-handled pot with designs of coiling peonies outlined in gold is a masterpiece from the early Qing Dynasty.
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