An exhibition focusing on China's pig culture and pig artwork opens at Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum since January 29th to March 3rd, which in celebration of the upcoming Year of Pig. "The pig is closely related with Chinese people's life and regarded as a symbol of luck and fortune," said Du Zhiming, the associate research fellow of the museum.
The exhibition is divided into three sections explaining China's pig-raising history and its influence on people's lives. The 260 pieces on display include ancient sculptures, pictures, books, stamps, cartoons and art works about animal from different historical periods.
The highlight on the exhibition is a jade pig sculpture from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), which is 9.5 centimeters long, 5.2 centimeters wide and 6.3 centimeters tall. It was designed to be a decoration. The red pottery pigs from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), which were discovered in a tomb, show that people were encouraged to raise pigs and that local government had a plan for the local pig industry.