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.
A pillow's comforting history - Art & Culture in China
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A pillow's comforting history

Unlike today's soft pillows filled with synthetic fiber, down and feather, ancient Chinese pillows were extremely firm, made of wood, stone, copper or porcelain.
A trusty steed for the afterlife - Art & Culture in China
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A trusty steed for the afterlife

Yellow, green and white are the three predominant colors associated with the ceramics of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). For that reason, the name sancai is given to the artifacts.

Civil officials among the warriors - Art & Culture in China
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Civil officials among the warriors

Apart from the well-known terracotta warriors, many non-military figures were also found in the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor – Qin Shi Huang, for example, civil officials.
Pottery, an ancient way of life - Art & Culture in China
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Pottery, an ancient way of life

Pottery, one of symbols distinguishing the Paleolithic age from the Neolithic age, has an epoch-making significance.
Tales of cabbages and consorts - Art & Culture in China
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Tales of cabbages and consorts

One of the most famous jadeite artworks is in the shape of a cabbage. 
Jade treasure fit for a great king - Art & Culture in China
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Jade treasure fit for a great king

 The jade sculpture depicts an ancient tale of the legendary figure Yu the Great.
A tale of love, jade and robbers - Art & Culture in China
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A tale of love, jade and robbers

One of the best-known jade sets is held by the Hubei Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology.
Lay me down in a suit of jade - Art & Culture in China
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Lay me down in a suit of jade

Made of 4,248 pieces of jade, a 1.74-meter-long suit is one of the national treasures exhibited at the Xuzhou Museum in Jiangsu Province.
The mystery of the bronze man - Art & Culture in China
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The mystery of the bronze man

Among China's ancient bronze figure statues, one unearthed in the archeological site of Sanxingdui is the largest and the earliest of its kind that has been found so far.
Only kill with a borrowed knife - Art & Culture in China
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Only kill with a borrowed knife

For modern people, life without electric lights is hard to imagine. Before the artificial lights, intelligent ancient Chinese used oil lamps to produce light.
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