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Cultural relics from Han tombs shows in National Museum of China

Date: 2019.01.03 Author: Celia Tang

Themed as "Splendors of Great Han: Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Excavation of the Han Dynasty Tombs in Mancheng", an exhibition featuring the cultural relics from the Han Tombs opens in National Museum of China from December 28th, 2018 to March 28th, 2019.


The exhibition showcases 722 pieces of cultural relics from Hebei Provincial Museum and two pieces collected at the National Museum of China. Almost all of the most exquisite items were discovered in the Han tombs, including Liu's jade burial suit. The exhibition was arranged based on Liu's life as well as the flourishing age of China at the time.


In 1968, the undisturbed tombs of the Zhongshan King of the Han Dynasty (202 BC - AD 220) Liu Sheng and his wife Dou Wan were accidentally found during a construction project, remarking one of the most prominent archeological discoveries of China during the 20th century. The excavation of the tombs lasted for 150 days, while a total of 10,633 cultural relics were found.