The exhibition hall of the History Museum is hosting a new exhibition devoted to the ancient art of China’s Shanxi province lying in the middle stream of the Huang He River. From time immemorial, the province has been a hub for routes leading from the western Chinese mountains to the sea coast. The advantageous geographic location and the vast natural resources made Shanxi one of the main cultural and strategic centres of ancient China.
The 300 most valuable exhibits from the Shanxi museum will depict the magnificent ancient civilisation, Shanxi residents and their aspiration to surround themselves with beautiful things. The first section of the exhibition is devoted to the state of Jin dating to the 11thcentury BC. Bronze ceremonial vessels for food, wine and water are decorated with figures of real and fantasy animals. Some of them have inscriptions explaining why they were created, for example, as a sacrifice for the ancestors.
The art of everyday life is covered by the second section of the exhibition, displaying gold and silver items: cups, dishes, lanterns, mirrors, jewellery boxes, and also ceramics, ceramic tiles and lacquer dishware.
The third section is devoted to religious beliefs. Shanxi was one of the first provinces where Buddhism became popular. The exhibition contains Buddha statues and other religious objects. Starting in the third century, Taoism began to spread here, influencing art and literature. This can be seen in the images of the Eight Immortals. The numerous little relics gave rise to the worshipping of the talented military leader Guan Yu.
The exhibition will last until 27 February 2017.