A poster of the exhibition 展览海报
As the eastern starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road, China witnessed a wide range of maritime trade exchanges. Ancient Chinese people reached out to the world by sea from different harbors and began increasingly frequent economic and cultural communications with people in other countries. Among the port cities in China, Guangzhou stands out as the only one thriving for over two thousand years.
Recently, the Joint Exhibition of the Maritime Silk Road (Chinese Section) Relics, entitled Sailing the Seas, kicked off in the newly-constituted Nanyue King Museum in Guangzhou. It displays 383 pieces of selected relics housed in 31 cultural organizations from cities like Guangzhou, Nanjing and Ningbo.
Divided into five parts, the exhibition presents the splendid history of the far-stretching ancient Maritime Silk Road which can be traced back thousands of years.
A tri-colored glazed utensil made in the Kiln of Gong county, Henan province, Tang Dynasty 巩县窑三彩钵盂 唐
Weiqi (Go chess) pieces made in Cizhou Kiln of Hebei province, Jurchen Jin Dynasty (1115–234) 磁州窑围棋子 金
Yellowish Cantonese embroidered satin tablecloth with flower patterns, late 19th century 广绣淡黄缎地盘金绣花卉纹桌布 19世纪末
A bronze replica of the Asoka Stupa, Northern Song Dynasty 铜阿育王塔 北宋
A red-glazed wine bottle inlaid with silver with an angel statue at the top, from the early 20th century 红琉璃镶银天使座酒瓶 20世纪初
A Chinese watercolor painting of a female figure on a bodhi tree leaf, late 19th century 菩提叶水彩人物画 19世纪末
A pottery ship, Eastern Han Dynasty 陶船 东汉
A green-white glazed figure shaped like a foreign lady offering a drink, Song Dynasty 青白釉胡姬劝酒像 宋
A blue-and-white Guangcai (Canton porcelain) vase with figure pattern, the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty 青花开光广彩人物图海棠形瓶 清乾隆
A black lacquer tea caddy with gilt-painted figures and an inner container made of tin, late Qing Dynasty 黑漆描金彩绘人物纹锡胆茶叶罐 清末
Tombstone rubbings of the tomb of Zhou Wen, a military officer and member of the retinue of Zheng He, a Chinese navigator 周闻（随郑和下西洋的武官）墓志拓片
It is the first major exhibition staged in the Nanyue King Museum since it was established in early September merging the Museum of the Nanyue King of Western Han Dynasty and the Archaeological Site Museum of Nanyue Palace. The exhibition, which will last until Jan 10, 2022, offers visitors a fresh experience with the new Nanyue King Museum and a stereoscopic perspective into the history of the Maritime Silk Road.
Admission: 10 yuan
Date: September 27, 2021 - January 10, 2022
Opening hours: 9 am - 5:30 pm (face masks and identity cards are required)
Address: No. 867, Jiefang Bei Lu, Yuexiu district, Guangzhou
Transport: Exit E, Yuexiu Park Station, Metro Line 2
Author: Pauline, Liu Liu
Editor: Lv Yun
Sources: Guangzhou Museum, GZ-Maritimesilkroad (丝路云帆Silu Yunfan), official Wechat account of City Alliance for the Preservation and world Heritage Inscription of Maritime Silk Road Heritage
Courtesy: Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Film and Tourism