On September 27, 2021, the Maritime Silk Road (Chinese Section) Relics Joint Exhibition entitled Sailing the Seas kicked off at the King's Tomb exhibition area of Nanyue King Museum. Lasting until January 10, 2022, the Exhibition is the first large-scale exhibition held at the newly-established Museum.
A poster of the exhibition (Photo provided to Newsgd.com)
With a total of 383 pieces of cultural relics from 31 cities including Guangzhou, Nanjing, and Ningbo on display, the event is the Maritime-Silk-Road-themed exhibition with the most exhibited cities and the most extensive coverage of cultural relics ever. The exhibition also collects and displays from a series of new achievements of academic research on the Maritime Silk Road, and its showpieces highlight many newly-unearthed archaeological materials in recent years.
The Tomb of Emperor Wen of the Nanyue Kingdom
Silver box engraved with cracked petals, produced in Western Han Dynasty and unearthed from the tomb of Nanyue King, Guangzhou
It is divided into five parts, namely, Ports Connecting the World, Luxury Traveling along the Seas, Treasures from the West, Millennium Maritime Prosperity and Exchange & Mutual Appreciation, all of which are set to share the stories about ancient Maritime Silk Road.
Glass painting featuring scenes of the Thirteen Hongs, produced in the Qing Dynasty
Tongcao Watercolor painting featuring people in the marketplace buying imported goods
China's Maritime Silk Road heritages consist of three major categories. The first is the infrastructural remains, including the facilities in the fields of ports and shipping, the worship of sea gods as well as relevant management facilities. The second is the remains of production facilities, with representative ancient kiln sites as the major items. The third is the products related to people-to-people exchanges such as city sites, temples and tombs.
People visit the exhibition at the King's Tomb exhibition area of Nanyue King Museum. (Photo: Monica)
So far, a total of 26 Chinese cities including Nanjing, Ningbo, Shanghai and Macao SAF have joined in the City Alliance for Maritime Silk Road Heritage Conservation and World Heritage to jointly apply for UNESCO's World Heritage for the heritages along the Maritime Silk Road. As the lead city for the application for world heritage for the heritages along the Maritime Silk Road, Guangzhou together with other allied cities join hands to carry out the work of application for world heritages, conservation, management, monitoring and display of the heritages along the Maritime Silk Road.
Author | Nancy (intern)
Editor | Monica & Jerry