Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou
Featured objects include exquisite vessels fashioned from solid jade, a full suit of iron armor, a spectacular solid gold belt buckle and a magnificent, 2,000-year-old, life-sized jade and gold burial suit that is the finest to have survived from ancient China. The objects were excavated from a group of monumental tombs of the Kings of Chu that were carved into rocky hillsides in an area midway between Beijing and Shanghai.
In adjacent galleries will be displayed a selection of 90 pieces from the museums celebrated collection of early Chinese art from the Shang (16th centuryca. 1046 B.C.E.) to the Han (206 B.C.E.220 C.E.) dynasties. The display will include the world-famous jade bi ritual disc and many other exceptional pieces.