- The Exhibition OF Mawangdui Han Tombs
- The Exhibition of Shang and Zhou Bronzes Found in Hunan
- - Bronzes from the Shang Dynasty to the Western Zhou Dynasty
- - Bronzes from the Spring and Autumn Period
- The Exhibition of Ceramics from Famous Kilns in Hunan
- Exhibition of Calligraphies in the Ming and Qing Dynasty
- Exhibition of Paintings Created in the Ming and Qing Dynasties
- Exhibition of Ten New Major Archaeological Discoveries in Hunan
Bronzes from the Spring and Autumn Period
From the mid and late Western Zhou Dynasty to the Spring and Autumn Period, bronze culture in the Hunan region developed with intensified local flair, with bronzes of the Yue State style widespread to form their own characteristics. From the Spring and Autumn Period to the Warring States Period, bronzes of the style of the State of Chu gradually spread to the south, creating a situation of the dominance of Chu-style bronzes and the coexistence of multiple bronze cultures.
Bronze Ding-Tripod with Buffalo Horn-shaped Handles and Cloud Design from the Spring and Autumn PeriodOverall height: 22.8cm; Diameter: 19.8cmunearthed at Hejiawan, Xiangxiang in 1982 Ding is a cooking vessel. The shape of this ding, compared with others from the same period, has the following features: An ordinary ding has slightly-curved oblong or half-loop handles, but this ding has buffalo horn-shaped tips extending from the loop handles. Similar ones have only been discovered in Xiangxiang and Ningxiang at present. Most ding have rims supporting convex covers, but the cover of this ding is flat shaped and there are concave clips at the loop handles. The legs of this ding splay more than those found in other regions. The surface is decorated mainly with S-shaped cloud design. Similar ding are mostly seen in southern China and are products of the ancient Yue people.
Swing-Handled Bronze You with Animal Design from the Spring and Autumn PeriodOverall height: 50cm; maximum belly diameter: 38cm unearthed at Chishi Village, Zhajiang District, Hengyang. You is a covered bucket with a swing handle for heating or offering wine. The shape of this you was commonly seen on the Central Plain during the Western Zhou Dynasty, but the designs on it differ from those commonly seen on you found on the Central Plain. Furthermore, it was unearthed from a tomb of the Spring and Autumn Period, so it was likely an imitation of bronze you of the Central Plain during the Spring and Autumn Period, decorated with designs of local style. Both the belly and the cover are decorated with designs of animals commonly seen in southern China such as serpents and frogs. The tails of the serpents stick out, making it more difficult to cast. Apart from one unearthed at Jinqi (a small village ), Jingzhou, Xiangtan, no other bronze you with similar shape and design have thus far been found. Therefore this is likely a product of the ancient Yue people in the Xiangjiang River valley.
Bronze Zun with Snake Designs from the Spring and Autumn PeriodOverall height: 21cm; diameter at mouth: 15.5cm unearthed at Xialiu, Hengshan. Because the snake designs are so fine that they look like the commonly seen silkworms and there are raised designs like tree leaves on the belly of this zun, it is also named Bronze Zun with Silkworm Designs. However, as similar designs found in Hunan and Guangxi are all called snake designs, this has been renamed Bronze Zun with Snake Designs. Zun is a kind of wine vessel. The shape of this zun is frequently seen on the Central Plain in the Western Zhou Dynasty, but with different designs. The most striking feature of this zun is that the mouth brim is decorated with snake designs and the heads of the snakes are against each other two by two, with even three heads together at one place. This shows a fairly high level of casting technology. There has been one zun with similar shape but slightly different designs unearthed at Gongcheng, Guangxi. They are both products of the ancient Yue people.