Zhenjiang Museum is located at the east foot of Yuntai Mountain, occupying an area of 10,000 square meters. It was built in 1890 with a floor space of 3,000 square meters. It was built in the best in China's medium-sized and small cities. As a museum of local history, it has a rich collection of 30,000 pieces of cultural relics, more than 90,000 classic works and more than 4,000 pieces of old paintings and calligraphic works. On display in its eleven exhibition rooms are cultural relics ranging from the Neolithic Age to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There are primitive porcelain ware, geometric stamped pottery pieces, bronze ware dating from the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century-770 B.C) and the Spring and Autumn Period (770-221 B.C.), celadon of the Six Dynasties (222-589), silver and gold ware of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and famous porcelain ware, silk fabrics and arts and crafts of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Among the treasured cultural relics are a duck-shaped bronze wine vessels of the Western Zhou Dynasty, gilded silver wine vessel of the Tang Dynasty and a baby-shaped celadon pillow of the Song Dynasty. The Museum often holds various kinds of specialized cultural relics exhibitions. Some exhibitions are displayed abroad. In the Museum there is a gift shop selling replicas of relics from the museum, tourist souvenirs, arts and crafts, the four treasures of the study--writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper, calligraphic work, paintings and pictures of the stored relics.
Exhibition of Ancient Ceramics in the Collection of Zhenjiang Museum
Chinese ceramics boasts its long history and fascinating heritage. Early in the Neolithic Age, pottery was already made and used by Chinese ancestors. In the Shang and Zhou dynasties, with the social development and increasing productivity, Chinese uniquely created hard pottery with impressed decoration and green-glazed proto-porcelain, which are deemed as an outstanding invention contributed by Chinese people to the world civilization. Mature porcelain was fired in the Eastern Han dynasty before the ceramic industry experienced a fast development during the Six dynasties. The Tang and Song dynasties saw the rise of eminent kilns, when the green ware / celadon of the south was prized for its luminous glaze and jade-like texture while the white ware in the north was adored for its lustrous, even and snowy glaze. The ceramic industry thrived especially in the Song dynasty. However, it reached its peak in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, when blue-and-white, painted motif, monochrome, and zisha pottery were the representatives.
The ceramic collection of the Zhenjiang Museum, sourcing from excavations and donations, now amounts to almost 10,000 pieces, among which a selection representing different periods of variety are on display for this exhibition. We hope from this exhibition, visitors could appreciate the exquisite
Exhibition of Ancient Bronzes in the Collection of Zhenjiang Museum
The bronze age in China consists of Xia, Shang and Zhou dynasties, during which the bronze casting method was invented and renowned in the world as an outstanding achievement contributed by the Chinese people to the human civilization.
Bronzes of the Wu Kingdom feature a typical local style. Their shape, motif, proportion of alloy as well as casting method, not only assimilated those of central plains but also reflected local characteristics. Therefore, the Wu bronzes are deemed as an indispensable segment of Chinese ancient bronzes.
Exhibition of Ancient Gold and Silver in the Collection of Zhenjiang Museum
Ancient gold and silver were prized by all classes of the society through the ages for their high value, exquisite motif, fine craftsmanship, and with both exotic flavors as well as national styles.
The ancient gold and silver collected by the Zhenjiang Museum consists of jewelries, money, and vessels. Almost all of them were found from the local excavations and vaults, dated from Han dynasty / Six dynasties until through Ming / Qing dynasties. Most of the works were made in Tang, Song and Yuan dynasties, the craftsmanship and artistic style of which represented the general level and characteristic of the gold and silver works at that time, and honestly recorded the splendid progress of the local metal works
Exhibition of Ancient Arts and Crafts in the Collection of Zhenjiang Museum
The Chinese history saw the rise of numerous skillful craftsmen, who has left behind a large number of works of arts and crafts. These works, featuring various materials, rich types and exquisite craftsmanship, were acclaimed as the peak of perfection in Chinese history.
The approximately 100 pieces of arts and crafts on display in this exhibition are selected from the works that have been accumulated for dozens of years. Most of them were made in the Ming and Qing dynasties, and categorized as metalwork, inlaid lacquer ware, silk textile, carvings, four treasures of the studio, and miscellaneous wares such as jade and stone, etc. These works clearly reflect Chinese ancient craftsmanship and aesthetic standards.
Exhibition of Ancient Paintings in the Collection of Zhenjiang Museum
Chinese civilization boasts its long history; the Chinese culture features the broad and deep. The ancient Chinese painting, a significant segment of Chinese cultural heritage, has got a foothold in the international art world by its unique style developed from several-thousand years’ transformation. This development saw the rise of many eminent artists, who left behind quite a few high-standard works. The collection of 5,000 paintings in the Zhenjiang Museum, are dated mainly Ming / Qing dynasties and modern times, many of which were produced by renowned artists. Through this exhibition, we hope that visitors and painting lovers could enjoy appreciating these carefully-selected masterpieces, draw artistic nutrients from within, and further derive inspirations to create a brand-new future for the contemporary Chinese painting and calligraphy.