Tang 唐treasures from the Silk Road capital
9 Apr – 10 Jul 2016
Location: Upper Asian gallery, Lower Asian gallery
Discover the Golden Age of China with treasures of gold, silver and glass, as well as ceramics, sculptures and mural paintings from the Tang Empire.
While much of Europe was still in the Dark Ages, the Tang Empire (618-907) was the most powerful realm in the world. At the heart of Tang was its ancient capital, Chang’an (present day Xi’an). Located at the start of the famous Silk Road trade route, this cosmopolitan metropolis was renowned for its great wealth, sophistication and cultural diversity.
Tang: treasures from the Silk Road capital explores life in Chang’an during the Tang Empire. Each artefact carries a story from this extraordinary time; from the freedom and power of women to innovations in fashion and music, from the elevation of tea culture to religious tolerance and the rise and fall of Buddhism.
The exhibition also features Pure Land: inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang, an augmented-reality installation that transports you to an ancient Buddhist grotto within the UNESCO World Heritage listed ‘Caves of the Thousand Buddhas’– one of the world’s most remarkable, and now inaccessible, heritage sites along the Silk Road.
Kids, grab your boarding pass at the exhibition entrance to start your Silk Road journey. Stop at the activity area to make and play with your own shadow puppets.
Tickets can be used once, anytime the exhibition is open. You don’t specify a date or time when booking.
$8 child (5-17 years)
$40 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$5 student (booked school groups)
Free for children under 5
Image: Dragon c700s (detail), Shaanxi History Museum