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.
Historical significance of seals, status, identity they represent - Art & Culture in China
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Historical significance of seals, status, identity they represent

The largest Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25) golden seal was found in the tomb of the Nanyue King. The archeological site was situated in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.
Bamboo slips provide clues to evolution of written language - Art & Culture in China
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Bamboo slips provide clues to evolution of written language

Shuihudi bamboo slips, which were the main media for writing documents in China before the widespread use of paper, were found by chance by a member of a local commune.
An ancient Chinese artwork once used to regulate troop movement - Art & Culture in China
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An ancient Chinese artwork once used to regulate troop movement

The tiger-shaped tallies, called hufu in Chinese, can be traced back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC).

Recovering stolen cultural relics - Art & Culture in China
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Recovering stolen cultural relics

Countless Chinese cultural relics were plundered by foreign invaders during wars. To recover them, a commission was established in 1945.
Trees' spiritual value imbued in bronze relic - Art & Culture in China
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Trees' spiritual value imbued in bronze relic

Trees have long been involved in a number of religious practices, such as the bronze holy tree found at Sanxingdui.
Stolen Buddha statue comes home to China - Art & Culture in China
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Stolen Buddha statue comes home to China

Almost a century after it was stolen, a stone Buddha head statue from the Tianlongshan Grottoes returned to its home in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, at the end of July.
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.
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