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.
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Tales of cabbages and consorts

One of the most famous jadeite artworks is in the shape of a cabbage. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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The wine vessel that saved a life

More than 2,000 years ago, China already had a primitive fridge. In the Spring and Autumn Period (771-476 BC), the double-layered "refrigerator" existed.
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The marquis and his bianzhong

Bianzhong and pan-and-zun are two important findings unearthed from the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zen, a significant archaeological site in Hubei province.

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A great sword with a great story

Even after more than 2,000 years, the Sword of Goujian, a bronze double-edged sword, can still easily cut through 20 layers of paper at once.
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A tale of treachery and rescue

Ox-shaped Zun is a significant object for the study of China's history of domesticating animals.

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