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.
Name controversy lives on for largest bronze vessel ever found - Art & Culture in China
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Name controversy lives on for largest bronze vessel ever found

Exhibited at the National Museum of China in Beijing, Houmuwu Ding, formerly known as Simuwu Ding, is iconic. 
Wise and knowledgeable or sinister guardians of the night? - Art & Culture in China
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Wise and knowledgeable or sinister guardians of the night?

Among so many relics related to owls, two zun excavated from the tomb of Fu Hao are the most famous. 

A Neolithic window on China's ancient past - Art & Culture in China
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A Neolithic window on China's ancient past

The Liangzhu archeological site, hailed as one of the most important relic sites of the Neolithic Age in China, is a window to one of the world's oldest civilizations.
Ancient site reveals clues about early China - Art & Culture in China
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Ancient site reveals clues about early China

Hemudu Culture is a famous name in the world of archeology. Named after the homonymic village in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province, the culture can be traced back 7,000 years.
Melodies from an ancient flute still strike a chord centuries on - Art & Culture in China
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Melodies from an ancient flute still strike a chord centuries on

Dating back 7,800 to 9,000 years, gudi, or bone flute, is the oldest known Chinese musical instrument, as well as the earliest known wind instrument in the world. 
Peking Man changed thinking on evolution - Art & Culture in China
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Peking Man changed thinking on evolution

Fossils give us clues about the history of life on Earth.
Mighty war horses and stolen sculptures - Art & Culture in China
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Mighty war horses and stolen sculptures

Four pieces of the "Zhaoling Liujun," a set of six bas-relief horse sculptures from the Zhaoling Mausoleum, depict the favorite war horses of Emperor Taizong of Tang.
Imperial calligrapher with style - Art & Culture in China
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Imperial calligrapher with style

Ouyang Xun (AD 557-641) was a renowned calligrapher, politician and scholar of the early Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907).
Ancient relief work calls the tune - Art & Culture in China
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Ancient relief work calls the tune

A Hebei Museum relief piece vividly captures the scene of performing female musicians, which dates back to the Five Dynasties (AD 907-960).
Ancient Chinese master's love of calligraphy, art and tea drinking - Art & Culture in China
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Ancient Chinese master's love of calligraphy, art and tea drinking

As a major personality of the Song Dynasty (AD 960-1279), Su Shi (1037-1101) was a versatile sensation and considered one of the most significant figures in ancient China.
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