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The Journey Back Home: An Exhibition of Chinese Artifacts Repatriated from Italy


This exhibition is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China and the State Administration of Cultural Relics, and can be viewed online at the website of the National Museum of China.

According to experts, these 796 Chinese cultural relics are mainly originated from Gansu, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Shanxi, Henan, and Jiangsu. The span of time is from the Neolithic to the Republic of China, with high historical, cultural and scientific value. Among them, there are rich and diverse Neolithic colored pottery with exquisite patterns, which provides direct materials for the study of prehistoric social features; there are a large number of Han Dynasty pottery with simple shapes, which is the epitome of the brilliant civilization of Han Dynasty; the representative Tang Dynasty camel terracotta, horse terracotta and figure terracotta contain the important historical information of cultural, economic and trade exchanges and national integration between the East and the West in ancient times. In addition, some relics have close relations with the social life of Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, such as the black glazed plate and green glazed bowl from Song dynasty, the green glazed pottery room and the green glazed figure terracotta from Ming dynasty, and the dark red clay teapots of the late Qing and Republic of China.

Through three parts, including mutual respect for historical civilization, common creation of cultural relic tracing model and mutual learning of civilization, this exhibition provides physical witness for the study of production and life scenes, spiritual and cultural outlook, civilization development process, etc. in relevant periods of Chinese history.

Exhibition unit: National Museum of China

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