Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries
July 6, 2010 (Tue) - September 5, 2010 (Sun)
Focusing on the many renowned artifacts excavated from China's Henan province, this exhibition explores the birth and development of Chinese civilization along the lines of three key themes: the birth of dynasties, the growth of technical artistry, and the pursuit of beauty.
Henan province, situated on the banks of the Yellow River, has been home to dynastic capitals since ancient times. These include Anyang, capital of the Shang (Yin) dynasty; Luoyang, capital during the Later Han, Wei (Three Kingdoms period) and Northern Wei (Southern and Northern dynasties period) dynasties; and Kaifeng, capital of the Northern Song dynasty. As a central region in the history of Chinese civilization, Henan was the birthplace of many rare and valuable art objects demonstrating outstanding artistry, which continue to be treasured today as symbols of China's valuable cultural heritage.