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“Animal World in Cultural Relics” exhibition to be held

The “Animal World in Cultural Relics”, the first original exhibition planned for children by the Ningbo Museum, is scheduled to be officially launched on June 1. On the morning of May 31, 100 animal themed cultural relics made their appearance, presenting an “animal world” at the museum.

These exhibits were carefully selected from over 70,000 items in the collection of the museum, and were divided into four major sections: “animals flying in the sky”, “animals running on the ground”, “animals living in the water”, and “animals in mythology”. Both adults and children can enter the colorful world of animal relics and listen to the artistic and mental “dialogues” between ancient people and nature.

The exhibition covers a long span of eras and has a comprehensive and diverse range of categories. The exhibits range from Hemudu pottery beans from the Neolithic period, popular Yue kiln celadon from the Tang and Song dynasties, fine carved pieces from the Ming and

Qing dynasties, to various folk customs and supplies from the 1930s and 1940s, covering such categories as ceramics, gold and silver ware, jade carving, and wood carving. In order to make it easier for children to capture the connotations of cultural relics and understand historical knowledge, this exhibition has launched a special version of commentary for children.

There are also a large number of exhibits related to folk culture. In the exhibition, ancient people’s use of “homophonic images” can be seen everywhere, such as the porcelain plate of the Jingdezhen Kiln in Qing Dynasty, which symbolizes “living and working in peace and contentment”, the bat (bianfu in Chinese) patterned porcelain bottles and agate ornaments that homophonically sound “fu (the Chinese pronunciation of the word “blessing”), butterfly (hudie in Chinese) patterned porcelain bottles and jade pendants that homophonically sound “maodie (the Chinese pronunciation of the expression “aged person”).

In addition, a special block is established for the exhibition of “imagined animals”, showcasing such cultural relics pieces as the dragon shaped wall vases, stone plates and porcelain, as well as cultural relics featuring such auspicious animal elements as phoenix, kuixing, and kylin.

As a children’s science popularization exhibition that runs through the summer vacation, this exhibition breaks the barriers of traditional exhibitions and introduces a child’s perspective in the display. With more childlike expressions and strong interactive design, it will bring a new exhibition experience to children and the general public

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