The 15th (2017) National Top Ten Museum Exhibitions preliminary evaluation results were finally announced Tuesday! A total of 25 exhibitions were shortlisted throughout the country, including two from Jiangsu. They are: The Ladder of Civilization-The Cultural Monograph Exhibition of Imperial Examination of Imperial Examination Museum of China and China and the World--The Shipwreck and Trade Porcelain Exhibition of the Maritime Silk Road. You may feel interested about the two exhibitions from Jiangsu and why they could be on the list among all the same themed exhibitions. Let’s discover the answer together.
The Ladder of Civilization-The Cultural Monograph Exhibition of Imperial Examination
Fee: whole fare:50; half fare:25
Location: Gongyuan Street, Confucius Temple, Qinhuai District, Nanjing
A permanent exhibition of Imperial Examination Museum of China, this exhibition introduces the significant influence the 1300-year imperial examination laid on social structure, political system, and humanity culture in ancient China through the exhibition in 5 lobbies.
In the exhibition, a wall measuring up to 8 meters tall is inscribed with the type version of the "Four Books" and "Five Classics", outlining the images of the examinees with the bronze color in the text.
Besides that, we can also have a vision of how those examinees took the imperial exam in a small space through nine days and six nights, how they answered questions in the palace and the moment when they were informed with the result.
Micro-scope of Nanjing is also exhibited.
What is worth mentioning is that the micro-landscape of Qinhuai River and the prosperous Nanjing city is also exhibited here. The audience could have a direct understanding of the tea houses, examination rooms, mansions by the river, celebrities’ residents and local people’s everyday life from the perspective of the examinees.
China and the World--The Shipwreck and Trade Porcelain Exhibition of the Maritime Silk Road
For more than 2,000 years, the Silk Road on the Sea, as the main artery of trade and cultural exchange between East and West, has carried China's exchanges and dialogue with the rest of the world.
Debuted in Nanjing Museum last September, China and the World is the first original large-scale exhibition after Nanjing Museum was promoted to be the first-grade national museum.
Exhibiting wrecked ships and trading porcelains from Tang Dynasty to Qing Dynasty, Nanjing Museum joins hand with other museums and agencies and concentrates on navigation, ship building and porcelain trading, presenting the audience with a splendid history of maritime silk road.
Highlight 1: 11 world-renowned wrecks meet the audience
The 11 wrecks, including the Geldermalsen, are on display for the first time. Although models, they tell us a lot about underwater archaeology, which is not usually known.
Highlight 2: more than 300 pieces of fine Chinese and foreign porcelains
Many of them are blue and white porcelains.
Highlight 3: various creative cultural products
There are a great variety of cultural products including T-shirts, brooches, adventure chesses, bookmarks, mugs, cushions, small pendants, etc.
Don’t worry if you have missed this exhibition because China and the World has begun a national tour. Hope to see you soon!