Exhibition “Auspicious Metals from the Orient: Ancient Bronzes of China, Korea, and Japan” Opens at the National Museum of China

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On July 26, 2022, the exhibition Auspicious Metals from the Orient: Ancient Bronzes of China, Korea, and Japan was opened at the National Museum of China.

The year 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan – milestones in the development of relations among the three countries. On the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the National Museum of China, the exhibition Auspicious Metals from the Orient: Ancient Bronzes of China, Korea, and Japan is jointly organized by the National Museum of China, the National Museum of Korea, and the Tokyo National Museum of Japan, in order to display the common cultural memory of the three countries, to bring people’s hearts closer, foster the sharing of cultures and values, and promote lasting peace and universal prosperity in the region.

The use of bronze is a milestone of civilization. The ancient bronzes of East Asia have evolved unique and profound connotations of ritual and belief that extended beyond their practical functions and form a great Oriental bronze civilization. This exhibition features about 50 bronze artifacts (sets) from the collections of the national museums of China, the ROK, and Japan, fully presenting the distinctive cultural traditions and technological and artistic achievements of the three countries, so as to demonstrate the extensive exchanges and mutual learning that existed among the three countries.

 

Source: National Museum of China