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Huge Hunan Bamboo Slip Exhibition Kicks off

Updated: 2018-11-19

The bamboo slip exhibition attracts numerous visitors. (Photo/Xiang Yipeng)

The “Xiangjiang River Flows—Hunan Unearthed Bamboo Slips Exhibition”, the largest of its kind in Hunan, kicks off at the Changsha Bamboo Slip Museum on November 16, 2018.

Bamboo slips were the most important writing material in China before ancient paper was invented. It is an important treasure to bear Chinese civilization from the Pre-Qin Dynasty (2,100 B.C.E.-221 B.C.E.) to the Wei, Jin, and Southern & Northern Dynasties (220-589 C.E.).

Since the beginning of the twentieth century C.E., large amount of bamboo slip cultural relics have been unearthed. China has unearthed more than 300,000 bamboo slips, of which nearly 200,000 were found in Hunan. The Hunan bamboo slips are of all varieties, and are in chronological sequence. They cover the period from the Warring States Period (475 B.C.E.-221 B.C.E.), the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.E-220 C.E.), and from the Three Kingdoms (220 C.E.-280 C.E.) to the Western Jin Dynasty (265 C.E.-316 C.E.).


A visitor watches the exhibits. (Photo/Xiang Yipeng)

The exhibition area is about 2,000 square meters, presenting 503 sets of cultural relics, including 366 sets of bamboo slips. The exhibition is divided into: “Xiaoxiang (Hunan) Chants” and “Huxiang in Bamboo Slips”. Bamboo slip cultural relics of each era are sorted and introduced based on major Hunan archaeological findings and according to the historical era. It reveals a well-established Huxiang culture.

“These exhibits are from the Changsha Museum, the Hunan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, the Hunan Provincial Museum, and many other cultural units and museums. Most of them are being exhibited for the first time.” Said Li Equan, Changsha Museum curator.

Bamboo slips displayed. (Photo/Xiang Yipeng)

The exhibition had adopted multimedia digital technology to assist display. For example, visitors are guided by a virtual curator and can “handle” the exhibits via AR virtual reality technology, and even “bring the museum home”. The multimedia technology integrates image, word, audio, and video of the bamboo slips, so that the original esoteric cultural relics are “live”.

The exhibition will remain open for a long time. Admission is free.

Source: enghunan.gov.cn