A priceless display of Chinese archaeological finds, has gone on view in Hong Kong. The?
A priceless display of Chinese archaeological finds, has gone on view in Hong Kong. The month long exhibition is the first of its kind to be held in South East Asia and features over a hundred items unearthed in China since 1949.
Ticket sales have been brisk and the hundreds lining up to buy them will have to wait nearly a week before getting a glimpse of the exhibits. More than two thousand tickets are sold each day. (SEQ 1-2)
The items on display offer an interesting an informative history of what the different dynasties were like. (SEQ 3)
The oldest objects in the show are these pottery bowels and pitchers which date back to the Yangshao culture more than 6,000 years ago. The Yangshao produced vessels superbly simple in form. (SEQ 4)
An unusual item on display is this example of an oracle bone. The kings of the Shang Dynasty in the fourteenth century BC, consulted the oracle on important occasions and recorded the process and its answer on the shell of tortoises or the shoulder blades of oxen. (SEQ 5)
A majority of the items on display comprise magnificent bronze figurines and vessels representing all periods of ancient chinese history. (SEQ 6)
The most outstanding are these collections of horsemen and mounted chariots dating back eighteen centuries ago. (SEQ 7)
From the Same period is the "galloping horse". To show its speed is faster than a birds, the unknown craftsmen placed its right hoof on a swallow in flight and its other in the air, while the swallow looks back in amazement (SEQ 8)
A popular item at the Exhibit are the two thousand year old bronze bells. The bells can still be played to pick out a melody in precise notes. (SEQ 9)
But dominating the exhibit is the immaculate suit of green jade, which once clothed the body of Princess Tou Wan who died in 104 BC. The shrouds made up of 2,000 plaques of jade each bound with gold wire. The total weight of the gold thread used is about 700 grams.
When the suit was found during the Cultural Revolution, it was in pieces and the corpse itself had long since disappeared.
When the shroud was shown to the public in Paris and London four years ago, Western archaeologists gasped with astonishment at its very existence. (SEQ 10)