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.
Story of long-forgotten kingdom in Yunnan - Art & Culture in China
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Story of long-forgotten kingdom in Yunnan

Among the bronze wares found in Yunnan Province, a shell container is listed as one of the cultural relics prohibited from being taken out of the country for exhibition.
Gilded bronze horse a gift from emperor - Art & Culture in China
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Gilded bronze horse a gift from emperor

China was one of the first countries to domesticate horses. The longstanding horse culture reflects the relationship between human beings and the animal.
Magnificent bronze chariots that befit army of terracotta warriors - Art & Culture in China
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Magnificent bronze chariots that befit army of terracotta warriors

The bronze chariots excavated from the famous Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor are listed as artifacts that are permanently prohibited from going abroad.
49-gram gown that can fit into a matchbox - Art & Culture in China
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49-gram gown that can fit into a matchbox

Believe it or not, a gown made thousands of years ago in China weighs only 49 grams, which is equivalent to about two pairs of socks.
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.
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