China's Museums (Introductions to Chinese Culture)
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This book provides a guide to China's rich and varied museum collections, illustrated with rare images from the collections themselves. A great number of exquisite objects and artifacts have been preserved on China's vast territory, many of which are now displayed as museum exhibits. These cultural relics provide a crucial supplement to documentary sources, enriching our understanding of China's long history. The sixty-one museums selected for this book include both famous collections that are featured in the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites, and others that are less familiar to Western eyes. China's Museums will inspire future visitors and those with an interest in Chinese history.
five main types of objects. A large stonecarved statue of a dragon boat greets the visitor in the main foyer. Dragon-boat racing The exterior of the China Sports Museum. Assembly of Talents: Arts and Literature is the quintessential traditional Chinese sport and therefore this fine, inlaid version of a dragon boat is appropriate. The ﬁrst hall holds the ancient Chinese sports section. This has a strong ethnic ﬂavor: dragons coil up the golden pillars, palace lanterns are hung high above,
in China were mostly decorated with gold, pearls, jade, and gems. Their form reflected traditional architectural forms such as pagodas, towers, and miniature landscapes. The clocks of England, France and other countries in turn imitated Western styles and architecture. Hall of Paintings This is located in Huangji Hall and the Ningshou Palace. Around 100,000 paintings are kept here that range in date from the Jin to the Qing dynasty and that include paintings and calligraphy of many famous
set across the square-shaped fish pond in front of the Sacred Mother Hall. This bridge was built in the Tiansheng period of the Northern Song and is built in the shape of a cross. It sits on 34 small octagonal stone pillars that are set in the water on stone-carved lotus blossoms. A dougong construction is set on the pillars, with traditional-Chinese crossbeams and blocks. On these are set the beams and the planks of the bridge. The surface of the bridge is covered with bricks, and stone railings
reflecting early people’s living conditions and their pursuit of vibrant art forms, bronzes reflecting the rise of Zhou people, bronze weapons including swords, and statuary of horses and soldiers, reflecting the way in which Qin unified all under heaven, Tang-dynasty gold and silver objects and Tang sancai ceramics, reflecting the most flourishing period of feudal g l o r y. A l l o f t h i s i s a c c o m p a n i e d b y m o d e l s o f archaeological sites, and drawings, and photographs. These
Province. 27 China's Museums 28 Henan Museum ♦ Address: Henan Province, Zhengzhou City, Nongye Road, #8 ♦ Webpage: http://www.chnmus.net T he Henan Museum is one of China’s oldest museums. It is a ‘key’ museum, with modern displays and exhibitions, modernized equipment, and a unique architecture. In 1961, along with the move of the provincial capital to Zhengzhou, it moved to its current location. In 1991 that museum was remodeled and in 1999 the official reopening was held, when the name