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.
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.
The 'magical' moon-white zun - Art & Culture in China
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The 'magical' moon-white zun

In the ceramics collection, an elegant vase stands out from the rest for its simplicity. It is the Moon-White Glazed Zun (vase) with Protruding Ridges.

Exquisite, the captivating beauty of ancient Jun ceramic treasures - Art & Culture in China
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Exquisite, the captivating beauty of ancient Jun ceramic treasures

"Exquisite! What an extremely rare treasure!"
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.

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