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Tomb Museum of Western Han Nanyue King

Gate of the Tomb Museum of Western Han Nanyue KingThe Western Han Nanyue King Tomb Museum is a new-style museum centered around Nanyue King Tomb. Located on Jiefang Bei Road, Nanyue King Tomb Museum covers 14,000 square meters (150, 699.6 square feet) with 10 exhibition halls. It is the oldest and largest Han tomb with the most funerary objects in Lingnan (South of the Nanling Mountain) Area.

Nanyue Tomb is the tomb of Zhao Mei, the Nanyue King. Zhao Mei was the second ruler of the short-lived Nanyue Kingdom (c. 2nd century BC) and was the grandson of the general Zhao Tuo of the Qin Dynasty who temporarily unified the region. Zhao Mei titled himself Emperor Wen and built his capital at Panyu, now a southern district of modern Guangzhou.

The tomb was discovered in 1983. Hidden 20 meters (65.6 feet) underground, the tomb is made up of 750 huge stones with colorful murals. Over 1,000 pieces of cultural relics, bronze ware and terra cotta ware in particular, feature the Nanyue Culture (Yue Culture of south China). Also they represent traces of central Chinese culture, the Chu culture of south China, the Bashu culture of southwest China, the Hun culture from the northern grassland, and even foreign cultures.

Important Antiques in Nanyue King Tomb Museum

Jade-work is one of the most important antiques found in Nanyue King Tomb Museum. These jades were used for ceremonies, funerals, decorations and practical usage in more than 200 varieties. They are the first collection of jades from the tombs of the Han Dynasty which are large in number, plentiful in variety and well preserved.

In addition, there is a silk-jade garment made up of 2,291 pieces of jade in Nanyue King Tomb Museum. Through jade garments with pieces connected by gold, silver, or copper are not uncommon, this garment with jade pieces connected by silk is the only one of its kind in the world. Nor are historical records available to verify other jade garments connected by silk thread. Besides, the style of buttons down the front is unique among unearthed jade garments. This silk-sewn-jade garment shows the early development of jade garments as well as development of theThe Gold Clothes in the museum Nanyue culture.

What's more, Nanyue King Tomb Museum also displays dozens of styles of pottery pillows and porcelain pillows from the Tang Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty and the Ming Dynasty. This amazing museum collection also includes a great many ancient kilns.

Foreign articles excavated in Nanyue King Tomb Museum implies that Guangzhou was an ancient Marine Silk Road starting point. Fine example are that five African elephant trunks, a silver box featuring Western Asian silver wares, and bronze incense burners and frankincense from Southeast Asia have beed discovered.


Nanyue King Tomb Museum Tour

During the tour to Nanyue King Tomb Museum, tourists will see many precious antiques made in Han Dynasty and learn more about the history and the culture of ancient China.

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