Past Exhibitions

Symbols of Power: Masterpieces from the Nanjing Museum

June 9, 2002 - May 4, 2003

Symbols of Power: Masterpieces from the Nanjing Museum features national treasures from one of China's premier museums, the Nanjing Museum, travelling outside of the country for the first time.

On view are about 260 objects dating back 5,000 years, from the Neolithic Age to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 A.D.) to World War II. Objects include bronze, ancient currency, fine porcelain, religious objects, paintings and calligraphy, formal and informal attire, court objects, accessories and jewelry. More than half of the objects shown were part of one of the great sagas of the 20th century—the 16-year journey undertaken by thousands of Chinese to save their imperial heritage from invading Japanese troops.


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