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Past Exhibitions



Gems of Liangzhu Culture from the Shanghai Museum

11/4/1992  9/8/1992

Liangzhu culture is one of the neolithic cultures, between 3900-4900 years ago, in the Yangzi delta within the triangle formed by Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing, with Lake Taihu in the centre. It was first discovered in 1936 at an archaeological site in Liangzhu town, Yuhang county, Zhejiang province, hence it was so named. Because of its high standard in pottery production and jade carving, Liangzhu black pottery and Liangzhu jades were already very famous in the 1930s. In the past five decades, several hundreds of Liangzhu culture habitation and cemetery sites have been recorded and over 30 sites have been scientifically excavated. The archaeological data extracted from these sites give us a clearer picture of the Liangzhu culture, and hence a deeper understanding in the formation of Chinese civilization.

As Shanghai is situated at an important area of Liangzhu culture, many important discoveries, particularly the excavation of Fuquanshan site, were made in the past 30 years. In this exhibition, 96 exquisite artefacts selected from the Liangzhu culture collection in the Shanghai Museum are put on display. Supplemented by photos, models and other visual aids, these artefacts will introduce the characteristics of the Liangzhu culture and throw new light on the early development of Chinese civilization.