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"Historical Imprints of Lingnan: Major Archaeological Discoveries of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao" Exhibition

Showcasing over 700 items of archaeological finds from the most significant sites in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, the exhibition explores the historical and cultural developments of the three places spanning from the Palaeolithic period to the Ming dynasty and introduces the major archaeological achievements, the technological advancements in archaeological excavations and the progress of promoting public archaeology in the three places over the decades. Highlights include important stone tools and ornaments unearthed from the Neolithic sites in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, exquisite items discovered from the palace and the mausoleum sites of Nanyue Kingdom and the South Han dynasty in Guangzhou, porcelains excavated from the Song shipwreck in Yangjiang and Ming shipwreck in Nanao, as well as the Ming dynasty blue and white porcelains excavated from the St. Paul's College site in Macao.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Hong Kong Museum of History will organise an international conference during the exhibition period. Experts and scholars will be invited to present their research findings on the archaeological discoveries of the Lingnan region.

 

Public Guided Tour Schedule

Worksheet of "Historical Imprints of Lingnan: Major Archaeological Discoveries of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao" Exhibition

Exhibition Pamphlet of "Historical Imprints of Lingnan: Major Archaeological Discoveries of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao" Exhibition

 

Jade dragon with gold hook
Western Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 8)
Unearthed from the tomb of King Zhaomo of the Nanyue Kingdom, Xianggang, Guangzhou
(Collection of the Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King)

Yazhang
Bronze period (circa 3,500-2,200 years ago)
Unearthed from Tai Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
(Collection of the Antiquities and Monuments Office of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR)

Ornament of agate and crystal beads
Western Han dynasty (206 BC- AD 8)
Unearthed from M21 at Phrase II of the site of Bank Nursing Home, Hengfu Lu, Guangzhou
(Collection of the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology of Guangzhou )

Sassanian gilt ware with fish and weed design
Southern dynasty (420-589)
Unearthed from Bianwan Cun, Suicheng, Suixi
(Collection of Suixi County Museum)

Dehua white-glazed ewer with melon-shaped belly
Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)
Salvaged from "Nanhai No.1" shipwreck
(Collection of Maritime Silk Road Museum of Guangdong)

Kraak dish with deer design in underglaze blue
Late Ming dynasty (the second half of the 16th century to the mid-17th century)
Unearthed from St. Paul's College, Macao
(Collection of Cultural Heritage Department of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macao)

11/6 – 1/9/2014

Free Admission

Venue
Special Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of History

Jointly presented by 
Department of Culture of Guangdong Province
Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of the Hong Kong SAR
Cultural Affairs Bureau, the Macao SAR Government

Co-organised by
Guangdong Museum

Hong Kong Museum of History
Macao Museum

Introduction

Assimilation into Han Culture: The Ancient Funerary Pottery of Guangxi

The long history of Guangxi was evidenced by the large number of Han tombs and historical sites of Han cities unearthed in present-day locations such as Hepu County in Beihai City, Guigang City, Wuzhou City, Guilin City, and Hezhou City. After years of archaeological excavation, large numbers of cultural relics have been unearthed from Han tombs and historical sites of Han cities. The earliest pottery houses found among Guangxi burial objects dated back to the mid-Western Han. Their popularity reached their height during the Eastern Han and through the Southern Dynasties periods. Architectural burial objects, such as pottery houses, not only reflect people's beliefs, they also illustrate forms, features, and development patterns of ancient architecture. Moreover, they provide crucial data in the study of social and economic development.

Featuring 76 items/sets of burial pottery models dating back from the Western Han to Southern Dynasties, including pottery houses, granaries, wells, stoves, and animal figurines, the exhibition depicts wishes of the people of the Han dynasty for a luxurious life after death and sheds light on the then major forms of dwellings and aspects of everyday life in South China.

 

Public Guided Tour Schedule

Exhibition Booklet of "Assimilation into Han Culture: The Ancient Funerary Pottery of Guangxi" Exhibition (Abridged version)

 

Pottery house with hip roof
Eastern Han
Unearthed in 1989 from Tomb No. 2, Hongqi Ling, Hepu County
Collection of Hepu County Museum

Pottery stilt granary with four solid pillars
Late Eastern Han
Unearthed in 1986 from Tomb No. 10, Fengmen Ling, Hepu County
Collection of Hepu County Museum

Pottery well with circular base
Early Eastern Han
Unearthed in 1988 from Tomb No. 1, Muzhu Ling, Hepu County
Collection of Hepu County Museum

Rectangular red pottery stove with five figurines and three openings
Eastern Han
Unearthed in 1954 from Tomb no. 22, Donghu Xincun, Gui County (Guigang City)
Collection of The Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Pottery female dog
Han
Unearthed in 2010 from Tomb No. 14, Liangjundong, Sanhe Village, Guicheng Town, Gui County (Guigang City)
Collection of Guangxi Institute of Cultural Relic Protection and Archaeology

Red pottery boat with drum and figurines
Eastern Han
Unearthed in 2010 from Tomb No. 14, Liangjundong, Sanhe Village, Guicheng Town, Gui County (Guigang City)
Collection of Guangxi Institute of Cultural Relic Protection and Archaeology

16/7 – 15/9/2014

Free Admission

Venue
1/F Lobby, Hong Kong Museum of History

Jointly presented by
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Department of Culture of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Bureau of Cultural Relics of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Co-organised by
Hong Kong Museum of History
Guangxi Institute of Cultural Relic Protection and Archaeology