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Gilded Glory: Chaozhou Woodcarving
Chaozhou woodcarving is a well-known school of woodcarving in China. As lacquer and gold foil are often applied to Chaozhou woodcarving, it is also known as "gilt wood". Ingenious openwork carving techniques yield exquisite works of art which underscore the three-dimensional nature of carving, while creating a multi-dimensional space of overlapping layers that is akin to a drawing depicting intricate plots. Meanwhile, the meaningful folk motifs and patterns showcase the traditional lifestyle in Chaoshan region.
The Rise of the Celestial Empire: Consolidation and Cultural Exchange during the Han Dynasty
The reign of the Han dynasty was the longest lasting among all unified dynasties in China, which was influential in many aspects, including politics, art, literature, religion and science, etc. Since the Han period, Confucianism was made the main stream for the academic study and gradually as the foundation of traditional thought of the country. Besides, the exploration of trade route to the West not only laid the ground for the economic development of China for centuries, but also provided the cause for cultural exchanges and further enriched the Chinese culture.
The Majesty of All Under Heaven : The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor
The exhibition will focus on the spectacular era of the Qin dynasty. This epoch of Chinese history did not only witness the unification of China, but also was ruled under a central administration for the first time. The first Emperor did not only manage to complete the Great Wall, but also centralized bureaucracy, unified the political system, established standard laws as well as standardized weights, measures, currency and writing. All these changes, policies and measurements influenced and affected the following dynasties and made China to the China we know today.