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Precious relics of debauched king on display in Jiangxi
From:chinadaily  Writer:  Date:2016-10-14
The work on the excavation of the Marquis of Haihun tomb in Jiangxi province has concluded after five arduous years, and the archeological achievements are now on display at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum.
 
Gold cakes unearthed from the Haihunhou tomb are on display at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, Oct 11, 2016. [Photo/VCG]
 
More than 10,000 precious relics have been unearthed during the excavation, including bronze, gold, silver and jade wares, bamboo slips and inscribed wooden tablets, and 992 pieces out of them grace the museum.
 
It is the third time that the Haihunhou (Marquis of Haihun) discoveries are on display, following the temporary exhibitions in Jiangxi Provincial Museum and Beijing Capital Museum last year. But the exhibition this time is the biggest, with the most complete display and most relics on show.
 
According to the deputy curator of the museum Li Ronghua, to better showcase the archeological results, the exhibition will remain permanently open to the public.
 
Hoof-shaped gold ingots unearthed from the Haihunhou tomb are on display at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, Oct 11, 2016. [Photo/IC]
 
 
Copper coins unearthed from the Haihunhou tomb are on display at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, Oct 11, 2016. [Photo/VCG]
 
 
A seal inscribed with the Chinese character "hai" unearthed from the Haihunhou tomb is on display at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, Oct 11, 2016. [Photo/VCG]
 
 
Human-shaped bronze wares unearthed from the Haihunhou tomb are on display at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, Oct 11, 2016. [Photo/VCG]
 
 
Bronze ornaments unearthed from the Haihunhou tomb are on display at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, Oct 11, 2016. [Photo/IC]
 
Deer-shaped bronze wares unearthed from the Haihunhou tomb are on display at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, Oct 11, 2016. [Photo/VCG]
 
A bronze lamp resembling a wild goose with fish unearthed from the Haihunhou tomb is on display at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, Oct 11, 2016. [Photo/VCG]
 
Jade wares unearthed from the Haihunhou tomb are on display at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, Oct 11, 2016. [Photo/VCG]
 
The tomb belongs to Liu He (92 BC-59 BC), who was dethroned after 27 days-the shortest reign among Western Han monarchs-because of his debauchery and licentious lifestyle. The jade seal of Liu He will meet the public for the first time during the exhibition.
 
 
Jade discs unearthed from the Haihunhou tomb are on display at the Jiangxi Provincial Museum in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, Oct 11, 2016. [Photo/IC]
 
Li said the design of the exhibition fuses typical elements from Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) architectures, which brings visitors back to the grand Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24). The hue of the whole exhibition is mainly in red and golden, derived from the color of the unearthed relics from the tomb, which are mostly lacquer, gold wares and bronze wares.
 
To avoid long lines, visitors can make online reservation. The number of visitors is limited to 4,000 per day, 2,000 before noon, and 2,000 after.
 
 
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