Dialogue Between““National Treasures": Information on “Bronze Summit • The Bronze Cultures Exhibition of Shang Dynasty in the Yellow River Valley and the Yangtze River Valley”

Release Time:2016-07-20

On Jul. 18, The “Bronze Summit • The Bronze Cultures Exhibition of Shang Dynasty in the Yellow River Valley and the Yangtze River Valley – the special exhibition for the 30th anniversary of the Sanxingdui sacrificial pit excavation co-sponsored by eight domestic cultural units and museums including Sanxingdui Museum and Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum, was officially opened on July 18. In history, the Jinsha culture in ancient Shu has been influenced by the Bronze Cultures of Shang Dynasty both in the Yellow River Valley and in the Yangtze River Valley. Totally 24 pieces of fine cultural relics collected in Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum will be showed in the exhibition, including cultural relics rated Class One at National Level such as the Jade Chisel of Concave Edge, the Jade Cong, the Kneeling-Human Stone Figure and the Stone Tiger, etc. It is the first special dialogue exhibition on the bronze civilization of Shang Dynasty in the Yellow River Valley and the Yangtze River Valley.

On the opening ceremony, director of Anyang Station of Institute of Archaeology, CASS and academic advisor of the “Bronze Summit” Exhibition Tang Jigen pointed out that Chinese civilization was a pluralistic integration, and it was formed by the Yangtze River civilization and the Yellow River civilization, which had been complementary to each other and achieved common development in history process before blending into the unified Chinese civilization with other regional civilization in ancient China. The ancient Shu civilization represents the ancient civilization at upper reaches of the Yangtze River, while the discovery of the large sacrificial pit of Shang Dynasty at Sanxingdui Site and the sacrificial area at Jinsha Site both remarkably mark the ancient Shu civilization.

Zhu Zhangyi, the deputy curator of Chengdu Jinsha Site Museum, particularly introduced the Ancient Shu Ivory unearthed at Jinsha Site on the opening ceremony. At the same time, a batch of “national-treasure” relics also showed up in the opening ceremony, such as the standard object of history division – the Simuxin Ding of Wuding Period unearthed in the Tomb of Wuding and Fuhao, the only bronze Ding decorated with human faces in the country – the Dahe Square Ding with Human Face Patterns, the largest bronze Zun equally famous with the Four-goat Square Zun – the Bronze Zun with Livestock Head and Monster Face Patterns.

The exhibition also adopted a series of novel and down-to-earth digital technologies, such as virtual exhibition, intelligent guide, 3D model of cultural relics, interactive games, making the exhibition more intelligent and the audience experience more entertaining.

It’s learned that this is a public welfare exhibition, so the audience could visit the exhibition during July 18 to October 18, only paying RMB 5 to buy the garden ticket of Sanxingdui Museum.