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Mawangdui treasures on show at Museum of History

More than 100 valuable relics unearthed from aristocratic Han tombs at Mawangdui and other historical sites of the ancient Changsha kingdom will be on show at the Hong Kong Museum of History from February 10 to May 3.

Entitled "Legends of Luxury and Elegance: Lifestyles of the Han Nobility", the exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hunan Provincial Museum, and organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History. Featuring a fine selection of bronze vessels, lacquerware, textile products, jade ware and silk books, the exhibition provides a comprehensive insight into the vibrant diversity of Han culture 2,000 years ago, from dietary culture and the collection of manuscripts to concepts of well-being and health, fashion and beauty.

To enhance viewers' appreciation of the exhibition, a series of lectures have been organised. On February 20, a lecture introducing the exhibition will be given by the Museum of History's Assistant Curator, Mr Ray Ma Man-kwong. Another lecture, "Social life of the Han Aristocrats: From the Perspective of Unearthed Cultural Relics" by Dr Lai Ming-chiu, Associate Professor, Department of History, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, will be held on March 13. And "Tomb Pictorial Images and Burial Culture of the Han Dynasty", to be given by Dr Marianne Wong Pui-yin, Senior Tutor of the Chinese Civilisation Centre, City University of Hong Kong, will be held on March 20. The lectures, conducted in Cantonese, will be in the museum's Lecture Hall from 3pm to 5pm, with free admission. Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis. For details, call 2724 9082.

For details of the exhibition, please visit the Museum of History's websites at http://hk.history.museum or call 2724 9042.

The two-tiered lacquer cosmetic box with nine small trays unearthed from Xin Zhui's tomb is an example of the fashionable vanity tools used by Han noblewomen. This set of boxes would have been used to store cosmetics and cosmetic tools. The box consists of three parts - a lid and two tiers. Nine small trays were found in the chiselled slots of the bottom tier, and they contained cosmetics, rouge, silk powder pads, a comb, a fine-toothed comb and a needle case.
The two-tiered lacquer cosmetic box with nine small trays unearthed from Xin Zhui's tomb is an example of the fashionable vanity tools used by Han noblewomen. This set of boxes would have been used to store cosmetics and cosmetic tools. The box consists of three parts - a lid and two tiers. Nine small trays were found in the chiselled slots of the bottom tier, and they contained cosmetics, rouge, silk powder pads, a comb, a fine-toothed comb and a needle case.

 

The remains of Xin Zhui, the Marquise of Dai, were discovered in the inner coffin in Tomb 1 at Mawangdui. At the time it was discovered, the body was 1.54 metres tall and weighed 34.3 kg. After more than 2,100 years in her underground tomb, the Marquise's body was very well preserved and even retained a certain degree of moisture. The soft tissue under the skin was still tender and elastic and the joints were relatively mobile. The condition of her corpse is virtually unparallelled in the history of preservation. Pictured is a figure of Xin Zhui.
The remains of Xin Zhui, the Marquise of Dai, were discovered in the inner coffin in Tomb 1 at Mawangdui. At the time it was discovered, the body was 1.54 metres tall and weighed 34.3 kg. After more than 2,100 years in her underground tomb, the Marquise's body was very well preserved and even retained a certain degree of moisture. The soft tissue under the skin was still tender and elastic and the joints were relatively mobile. The condition of her corpse is virtually unparallelled in the history of preservation. Pictured is a figure of Xin Zhui.

Source: GovHK (www.gov.hk)