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Nanjing Museum

nanjing-museumBuilt in 1933, Nanjing Museum is ranked amongst the Chinese museums having the largest collections. There are 419,000 historical and cultural items stores in the Museum.

nanjing-museum01The main exhibit relates the five-thousand-year history of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The exhibits include jade, lacquer work, bronzes, chinaware, ancient vehicles, silks, textiles, and so on. Of the stored items, the number of china items of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) is the largest. The cultural relics excavated from Yin ruins are the most valuable. In addition, paintings and calligraphy constitute an important part of the collections of Nanjing Museum.

Nanjing Museum is located inside the Zhongshan Gate of Nanjing City. Its predecessor was known as the Central Museum Preparatory Location. The complex of buildings represents an amalgamation of east and west, with the great hall copying the style of a Liao-dynasty palace.

The Museum currently holds some 400,000 objects in its collections, among which are some of the most famous objects in China. These include the only complete set of 'jade suits sewed with silver thread' in China, which are world-renowned. In 1982, a Warring States period Chu State tomb was excavated, from which stellar pieces were retrieved, that also forms some of the extraordinary treasures in this museum.

The Nanjing Museum holds the objects, excavated by archaeologists in the early part of the twentieth century, that were moved to Nanjing when the Palace Museum moved southward. These include excavations in Heilongjiang, Xinjiang, Yunnan, Sichuan, Gansu and other places. Collections also include artifacts from the southwestern parts of China: of the Naxi tribe, the Yi tribe, the Miao tribe, and other national minorities.

The Museum applies modern scientific methods of conservation, and is active in displaying its holdings, having mounted some 236 exhibitions.

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