Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting

Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting

Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting
2 July 2016 – 28 July 2018

This exhibition tells the story of the Han Dynasty, a great age of social and cultural development in China. Over 2,000 years ago, it formed the foundations for the Chinese culture and people of today.

The Han Dynasty lives on through the important people, ideas and innovations of that period, and the objects left behind.

people ‧ ideas ‧ innovation


While the power of Roman Empire was rising in the West, the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) founded the Eastern civilisation in China through a period of cultural and technological development, economic wealth and territorial expansion. This brand new exhibition showcases this significant period of Chinese history through the Han dynasty’s remarkable people, progressive ideas, and great innovations.

People


The exhibition shares stories about people of the Han dynasty, such as the invention of the earliest odometer by a Chinese engineer and when the Han Emperor accidentally gave away one of ancient China’s Four Great Beauties to a tribal chief. Visitors will be introduced to Zhang Qian, the great explorer who founded the Silk Road, and will learn about Confucius’ enduring philosophy.

Ideas


Witness the establishment of Silk Road, the expansion of the Empire’s borders, and wonder at a world in miniature featuring pottery figurines and other objects from the superb private collection of Hank Ebes. Explore the Han Emperors’ approach to law and order, the notion of the Mandate of Heaven and the belief in life everlasting.

Innovation


The Han dynasty heralded the invention of the papermaking process, advanced metal-forging techniques and highly effective agricultural methods. The Han also invented the wheelbarrow, applied negative numbers to mathematical calculations, and created a device that detected earthquakes.


When & Where


Happens: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday


Time: 10am - 4pm (Closed on public holidays)


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