Romance of the Three Kingdoms is becoming more and more popular among East Asia countries. Curating team in Japan initiated a themed touring exhibition in Tokyo National Museum in 2019. A crowd of 5000 visitors rushed in on the opening week. Visiting counts added up to 330k+ during the half-year exhibition. The exhibition then toured on to Kyushu National Museum that winter, and got more than 140k visits. It was one of the hottest exhibitions of Chinese relics in recent years.
Characters are the main attraction of Three Kingdoms, Chief curator in Tykyo National Museum remarked. Readers can easily pick their own role models among countless marshals among The Three Kingdoms of Wei, Shu and Wu. Once a curious teenager finds joy in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, he probably enjoys the theme for the rest of his life.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms exhibition in Tokyo National Museum
The exhibition then toured back to China, and exhibited around in Beijing, Shenzhen, Suzhou and several cities. As a result, culture of Three Kingdoms regained popularity among youngsters.
Back to Chengdu, featured exhibits
As one of the main background of Three Kingdoms. Sichuan, which shares similar territory with Shu, inherits rich legacy of the Three Kingdoms. According to statistics, there are more than 330 Shu relics in Sichuan. And the capital city of Sichuan, Chengdu, becomes one of the hottest tourist destination of Japaneses and Koreans thanks to the culture of Three Kingdoms.
On 31st March, The exhibition of Romance of Three Kingdoms toured back to Chengdu. The featured exhibits are borrowed from 36 museums around the nation. 160 pieces of precious relics attracted millions of fans during the holidays.
One third of the exhibits are rated as first class/ second class national relics. To accommodate these precious guests, Relicase customized high quality display cases with latest technologies.
The exhibition is open till the end of August, definitely worth a visit whether you are a fan of Three Kingdoms or not. Here we featured 8 of the star exhibits as an appetizer.
01 Jade Burial Suit
This jade burial suit was damaged when unearthed. Archaeologists restored it with 2008 pieces of calcite split, joint by gilded copper thread. The owner of this jade suit is believed to be a family member of the nobility in East Han Dynasty. The end of East Han Dynasty period overlapped with Three Kingdoms period.
Bronze statue of Guan Yu in sitting posture
From collection of Xinxiang Museum
Guan Yu is known to be a mighty marshal in Shu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period. This bronze statue of Guan Yu is sculptured with vivid motion. The marshal half seated on a bench, with his left leg hanging and right leg curved naturally over the bench. It’s a rare casual moment of this mighty God of martial.
Pottery 7-storey funerary building with storehouse
Unearthed from Baizhuang Tomb No.6, Jiaozuo city, 1993/ Collection of Jiaozuo Municipal Museum
Pottery funerary buildings are common burial object in Han Dynasties. They are made to mimic the residence of their owners and provide shelter in the underworld. The exhibiting funerary building consists of four parts: yard, main building, storage building, and aerial corridor, 31 pieces in total. With delicate design, perfect layout, magnificent building, it is the the living representation of the superior construction techniques of the Han Dynasty. It is also the tallest and best-preserved, with maximum-story Han funerary building to date.
Stele for halberd of King Weiwu
Unearthed from Gao Tomb of Cao Cao in Anyang, Henan/Henan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology
This stele is believed to be a nameplate for favorite weapon of General Cao Cao. The carvings reads: favorite halberd of King Weiwu (honorific title of Cao Cao) which he used to combat tigers.
Unearthed from Caochang Gate, Nanjing in 1958/ Nanjing Museum General
This celadon sheep was unearthed from a tomb in Nanjing, which located within the territory of Wu Kingdom. It is made from finest kaolin and covered with purest glaze. This exquisite porcelain piece reflects the highly developed ceramic technologies in the period of Three Kingdoms.
Gold seal /Gansu Museum
The inscription on this gold seal shows that it belongs to a marquis yielded to Wei Kingdom. This reveals that besides wars among the three kingdoms, Wei Kingdom also established overwhelming prestige among minor military forces.
Bronze Army of chariots and horses
Burial figurines are often found in major Han tombs. Leitai tomb, which was built about the late East Han Dynasty, was excavated with 230 artefact. Among them, there is a Bronze Army of chariots and horses. This is the biggest scale of its kind to date.
Zoumalou Bamboo slips
Changsha slips museum
Slips are useful method of recording information in Han Dynasty. Bamboo slips dated from Han are well preserved in Zoumalou so that we can get a glimpse of archive of ancient people after thousands of years.