Introduction of Exhibition
The excavation from 1972 to 1974 of the group of three tombs of the Western Han dynasty at Mawangdui in Changsha marks one of the major archaeological discoveries in the twentieth century. Over 3000 cultural relics and a well-preserved female corpse were unearthed.
Among the relics uncovered were bright-coloured lacquerwares representing the highest level of workmanship; fine silks showing amazingly accomplished weaving technique; silk paintings with romantic themes of the Kingdom of Heaven and the craving for eternity; and inscriptions on silk demonstrating knowledge and wisdom of the ancient sages. The well-preserved female corpse is a miracle in human antisepsis.
On view here are 284 cultural relics that are the soul of the Han tombs at Mawangdui, which will lead you through history to taste the mystery and magnificence of Chinese civilization during the Han Dynasty.