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.
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Pottery house with hip roof
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Pottery stilt granary with four solid pillars
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Pottery well with circular base
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Rectangular red pottery stove with five figurines and three openings
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Pottery female dog
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Red pottery boat with drum and figurines
16/7 – 15/9/2014
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
Hong Kong Museum of History
Guangxi Institute of Cultural Relic Protection and Archaeology
The Tastes of Hong Kong – Local Food Culture Exhibition
After opening its port to foreign trade in 1841, Hong Kong gradually developed into a regional trade and transport hub, with merchants and travellers bringing not only growing prosperity, but also food cultures from around the world to the city. Hong Kong's location and its proximity to Guangzhou have meant that Cantonese cuisine has retained its status as the territory's local food culture throughout the years, but today the city not only offers Chinese fare from Beijing, Sichuan, Shanghai, Chaozhou and other regions as well as from indigenous people such as the Hakka, but also specialities and delicacies from Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Japan, South-east Asia and India and many other countries. Hong Kong richly deserves its reputation as a "food paradise".
Introducing the history and décor of different eating and drinking venues in Hong Kong, this exhibition sheds light on the characteristics of the city's food culture and looks back with visitors at the stories behind the exhibits.
1/F, Hong Kong Museum of History
Presented by Hong Kong Museum of History