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.
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.

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.
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