A total of 83 pieces are on display. One of the most impressive relics is the Ding (鼎), an ancient Chinese ritual cauldron, which can be traced back to prehistoric times.
It is one of the most important shapes used in Chinese ritual bronzes for offerings made to the gods or ancestors. It was used as an implicit symbol for honor, rank and power, particularly during the Zhou Dynasty.
There's a well-known story behind the Ding from the Spring and Autumn Period. King Zhuang, the monarch of the state of Chu, asked a messenger from the Zhou Dynasty about the weight of the so-called Nine Tripod Cauldrons, which were possessed by King Ding of the Zhou Dynasty. His query suggested King Zhuang's attempt to take the place of King Ding of Zhou. Originating from this story, the term "inquiring of the ding" (问鼎) is often used to represent the quest for power.The exhibited bronze masterpieces from the state of Chu will demonstrate to visitors the flourishing of the state and the system of rites and music during the Zhou Dynasty.
Date: Through September 16
Venue: Exhibition Hall #2, third floor, Guangdong Museum
(By Cassie Lin, Louis Berney)