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Exhibition opens on Guangzhou’s ancient maritime link with the world
A new exhibition that tells the story of ancient Guangzhou and its connection with the outside world has opened at the Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King.

Updated:1497595277Source:Lifeofguangzhou.com

A new exhibition that tells the story of ancient Guangzhou and its connection with the outside world has opened at the Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King. “Guangzhou: Sailing the Seas for 2,000 Years" will run until December 10.

Relics that were imported from overseas to the Lingnan (Guangzhou) area, including silver patterned boxes, pottery figures with exotic faces and bronze pails engraved with ship patterns are on display. These items help paint the history of Guangzhou's exchanges with the world beyond China’s borders.

The exhibition is chronicled into three sections: the Qin, Han, Wei and Jin dynasties(221 B.C. - 420 A.D.); the Sui, Tang, Song and Yuan dynasties(581 A.D. - 1368 A.D.); and the Ming and Qing dynasties(1368 A.D.-1912 A.D.). These three periods that cover Guangzhou's more than 2,000 years of sea trade with other nations historically correspond to the rise, prosperity and zenith of the Maritime Silk Road.

                                                               The proceline bowl

The more than 200 relics of the different epochs included in the exhibit come either from archaeological excavations or collections from museums in Guangzhou and Jiangmen. They include silver boxes, passementerie, glass bowls and peacock-blue glazed pottery bottles imported from overseas. Chinese specialties in the show include ceramics produced by the famous kilns in the country that were exported overseas, as well as pottery vessels that reflect ancient sea transportation technologies. Also on display are pottery lamps in the foreign figures a witness to people to people exchange between China and other countries.

                                                 The bronze pails engraved with ship patterns

Yi Xibing, vice president of the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology of Guangzhou Municipality and one of the curators of the exhibition, said the relics together show the history of the Maritime Silk Road and tell the story of ancient Guangzhou and the world.

                                                                 The silver patterned boxes

In 2012, the historical relics of the Maritime Silk Road of Guangzhou were successfully included into the preliminary list of China World Cultural Heritage items. In April this year, Guangzhou was reelected to be the leading city in the protection of the Maritime Silk Road and the application for world cultural heritage status.

Under the coordination of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, Guangzhou will work with counterpart cities to tell the story of China and the Maritime Silk Road and will strive to make its application for world cultural heritage a success, according to Lu Zhiqiang, director general of the Culture, Radio, Television, Press and Publication Bureau of Guangzhou Municipality.

(By Joanna You, Louis Berney)

Editor:Joanna You
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